Comment 74832

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted February 28, 2012 at 15:07:24

@jackson

"Moreover, who would ever buy a condo above a walmart? Groceries are one thing, but even then it has to be a Loblaws or Longos - not a No Frills."

I take your point, but what if at the retail level there was a Scotiabank, a Shopper's Drug Mart, a privately owned hair salon/spa, and a Winners or a restaurant?

What if on the next two floors there was a dentist's office, a medical clinic, insurance broker, call centre or ad/design agency, etc.?

What if the next 4 floors were geared to income rental that permitted purchasing your own rental unit through a creative and affordable purchase program?

What if the last 4 floors were condominiums?

What if the building was not set back, but was part of an existing (or new) street wall?

What if the parking was a combination of underground and some surface parking at the rear of the building, as well as metered parking in the front?

Even if it was a Walmart and it was only 3 storeys high, the upper floors could be used for other enterprises. A health club? What about a coffee shop on 2/3 of the third floor with a large (1/3) outdoor terrace overlooking the street?

I'm not saying this is fabulous urban planning, or even edgy architecture, but it's one hell of a lot better than what we got at the Centre Mall.

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