I feel like Market Mall and Children's Hospital has to be included as part of the route also since there is high density potential with the Market Mall area.If the Stadium shopping centre had two or three good sized residential towers as well as plenty of shopping, combined with Banff Trail TOD development (with a few towers built up), I could see the possibility of a transit loop of some kind
University LRT <-> University <-> Hospital < -> Stadium shopping centre <-> Banff Trail LRT
Whether the loop is a bus, street car or elevated train, etc... depends, but between the University and the hospital there is a pretty substantial workforce.
One of the green spaces is a large rooftop I believe. The central area could use a re-do, maybe a 3-4 storey mixed use building of some sort. I don't know what else I would change in the design, as the buildings are generic placeholders. How would you re-do the overall design? I'm not saying it couldn't be, just wanting to see other options.I'm going to take the render as a "massing only" image. It looks like a suburb business park / ugly university campus massing. It is frankly pretty terrible. I personally don't like big green spaces on these bigger plots. It is just a waste, better off to throw some townhomes and a bit of a grid pattern on the interior of the site. Plenty of green space in the surrounding area. It looks like early garden city city ideas, its terrible. Needs complete redesign.
Yeah, the community was very opposed to it (at least most of the people that came to the open houses, and spoke at Council). Like all developments, you can't say the ENTIRE community was opposed to it, as I am sure there were some that were in support, and others that simply didn't care. But lots of vocal opposition back in 2010-2012 when the ARP was being prepared and went before Council.Overall, it looks like a business campus on the edge of a residential neighbourhood with engineering-firm sized floorplates. Honestly, if this is approved, did the community have any objections on this? It is ugly. I would not want to live next to this...given its not a beautiful neighbourhood and next to the Foothills.
My take: I would cut it up in slightly smaller, narrower builders escalating in height towards 16 ave. Cut out most / all of the green space and have narrow roads and a few commodity / neighbourhood / restaurant retail tenants.
Who is the developer on this?