A new condo development will feed into the vibrancy on Concession Street.
By Trey Shaughnessy
Published September 20, 2006
So far, no rendering has been released to the public for this 12-storey condo. I asked the owner of the building and he said, "We'll have to be patient".
The Mountain Park Avenue condo development takes shape
The skinny massing is taking form and the footprint occupies the entire land, which means: no surface parking lot. Well done.
This is a wonderful project that will add new customers to within a very short walking distance of the numerous shops on Concession Street.
Some area home values have doubled in the last six to seven years in the mixed-use neighbourhood, so it's no wonder an old three-storey walkup was torn down to make way for this upscale condo, just a stone throw from the Wentworth steps.
As a percentage, some area home values have skyrocketed past realized increases in the Meadowlands
People who live in the neighbourhood know its many benefits: a hospital, doctors' offices, grocery stores, busses, bakery, movie theatre, library and coffee shops.
Let's hope the Ciancone family doesn't let down the area with a suburban one-floor Shoppers Drug Mart and giant parking lot. Tim Horton's has already done its damage on the west side of the strip with a typical brown box surrounded by a drive-thru queue and plenty of parking.
The entire area is walkable and pedestrian-friendly with narrow streets and calm traffic, so your customers will likely walk, making a huge parking lot unnecessary. Build to the street and blend in with the streetwall. Put parking at the back of the building and acknowledge the street and the life that is there.
The view from Wentworth and Stinson, complete with a dense canpopy
Concession Street, looking lovely
Homes on Mountain Park Ave
The Wentworth steps provide easy access to lower east downtown, in an oasis of old-growth Carolinian forest
Downtown viewed from the Wentworth steps
The city didn't build a pedestrian bridge over Sherman Cut, so crossing this mountain access is the most grueling part of the 500 steps
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