Slyrisecities has learned that a recently proposed development for the Kensington area has been moving closer to construction. The site for Victoria on the Park, a 90 unit residential development along 5th ave NW has recently been closed off with construction fencing. Currently the empty houses on the site are going through the process of asbestos abatement, a process typical done before demolishing older properties.

Rendering of project, image via Hive Developments

A really interesting side story to this project is that the developer will be allowing neighborhood residents to come in and salvage items (lights, door knobs, doors, windows, building materials, interior finishing, etc) from the buildings once the asbestos cleanup is completed and signed off on. It's a practice not seen often from other developers, but possibly a smart idea that may be become more popular as it's a great way to re-use materials rather than throwing them away. 

Location of project along 5th Ave NW, image via Google Maps

Designed by Casola Koppe Architects, and developed by Spray Group, in conjunction with Hive Developments, the proposed building will front onto 5th Ave NW, and back onto the beautiful Riley Park.  The 6 storey building will feature upper units that look onto city views to the south, and beautiful park views to the north. The modern styled building will sport a facade of brick and metal in beige, light gray and white tones.

Rendering of project, image via Hive Developments

SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.

For more information on salvaging items from the site, you can contact Here is the photo list showing all the salvageable items.