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I happened to come across a reclad in Manhattan that made me feel not as bad about what's happening in Calgary:

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Apparently the building was about to get a historical designation, so the owner stripped off all the ornamentation and replaced it with the cheapest possible siding. I don't know how some people can sleep at night.
 

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I happened to come across a reclad in Manhattan that made me feel not as bad about what's happening in Calgary:

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Apparently the building was about to get a historical designation, so the owner stripped off all the ornamentation and replaced it with the cheapest possible siding. I don't know how some people can sleep at night.
Agree that the building owner doesn't deserve any civic awards, but I put that down to bad policy incentives as well. If historical designation results in a loss of value to the property owner, the long-term results are usually bad for everyone involved. Historical preservation cannot be sustained at gunpoint.
 

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Not a full reclad, but this is the former Birchcliff Energy building on 4 Ave SW between 5th and 6th St. It took some digging because I couldn't really find much about the project, but it appears it will be known as The Westley Hotel and it will be part of The Tapestry Collection from Hilton. Looks like there will be patios on both the East and West sides.
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Not a full reclad, but this is the former Birchcliff Energy building on 4 Ave SW between 5th and 6th St. It took some digging because I couldn't really find much about the project, but it appears it will be known as The Westley Hotel and it will be part of The Tapestry Collection from Hilton. Looks like there will be patios on both the East and West sides.View attachment 276942View attachment 276944
Before: (2019)
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My personal gloomy opinion, office spaces the size of this building should be torn down/re purposed to residential buildings. I don't know how the economics of the process will be justified as someone will lose money but they gotta start picking away at all this extra office space in the City somehow. Anything less than 10 storeys and vacant should either be torn down and sold off to a residential developer or repurposed to residential.
 

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That's simply not how capitalism and democracy work. Can't just appropriate and demolish structures because they're empty. Smaller offices are slowly and surely being converted already, with more to come.
 

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That's simply not how capitalism and democracy work. Can't just appropriate and demolish structures because they're empty. Smaller offices are slowly and surely being converted already, with more to come.
I meant within reasonable grounds. If there was a choice between renovating an office tower in "hopes" of getting new tenants or just taking your loss now and selling the land to a developer. Theres no way the office market will be able to convert or renovate their way out of this mess. It's going to take a lot of creativity or just hitting the reset button on downtown and bring in more residential towers with ground level retail. Or the only other option is to renovate or convert at a snails pace and let most of those vacant buildings sit vacant for decades more, as a result we get a massive tax hole and a dead downtown core. No one wins with the latter option
 

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This reclad is relevant to the thread on improving the CBD. Little changes like this that soften the street level facades of random office buildings can add up over time. This block is still a mess, but this building now sets a precedent for more renovations or new developments. Who knows, maybe the Regency suites next door will one day be renovated with a podium that replaces the driveway and surface parking lot, creating more retail spaces and a continuous street wall.
 

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