Stadium Open House

Come to the Cornwall Centre today, October 4th from 11am to 7pm, to have a look at the new stadium plans.  The will be facilitators on hand to answer questions.
This comes a day after the lead consulting architect on the stadium project made a presentation at Executive Committee.

Here’s a link to the RRI website regarding the event.

Stadium Open House

Stadium Revealed

Well, there it is, the Regina Revitalization Initiative (RRI).  The newest images for Regina’s proposed stadium were released to the media yesterday at a press conference held at City Hall.  See the Globe and Mail, Prairie Dog and The Leader Post for more.

Details of the whole project, plus the above video, can be found at the City’s webpage, http://www.reginarevitalization.ca/.  I would recommend everyone take a look at the Stadium concept booklet (here).  It provides specifics on the stadium and an overview of the whole RRI project.

This is the most recent of three concepts for a Regina Sports Facility in as many years.  It is becoming hard to take these seriously.  It is anyone’s guess if the facility presented on Wednesday (yet again a ‘stadium’ even after Mayor Fiacco seemingly banned the word, this time last year, from council chambers in favour of ‘Multi Purpose Entertainment Facility’) will be what sits on the Exhibition Grounds in 2017.

More after the jump.

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Stadium Revealed

MUPpets in the Field: Laurie

Today you’re treated to a guest post from Laurie, our resident MUP student who is originally from France. This summer she’s working for a development firm and learning lots about the process (like, how the job involves wearing a hard hat at all times).

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This summer, I’m working for DevMcGill, a Montreal-based residential developer.  It is a great opportunity for me to see a different side of planning. When thinking about urban planning, most people envision municipal positions, with tasks such as creating a city’s master plan and writing municipal by-laws. Here, I get to see how a developer works to create projects that meet its own business goals (in terms of desired architectural design, unit mix, type of uses included and financial objectives) while conforming to municipal zoning plans and building norms.

As the team’s planning intern, I’m helping with the building permit applications. I get to go through the zoning by-laws of the different boroughs of Montreal in order to see which norms apply to our projects. Everyday I’m a little more thankful for our Planning Law class last term… My life would be miserable without it!

DevMcGill is a very young and active company. My colleagues come from many different backgrounds, and it’s really interesting to see how everyone collaborates to create a project from scratch, from researching potential sites to working with architects and engineers on the project design, building the pro-forma, creating a balanced unit mix or working with clients who want to personalize their condo. I’m really enjoying this chance to understand how the whole development process unfolds and who the many stakeholders involved are.

Working in Montreal is also a great cultural experience for me. I’ve learnt a lot about the condo market here, which is very different from real estate in France. And I have to admit: I’m definitely enjoying the comfort of working in my mother tongue… Although I’m finally picking up on québécois expressions thanks to my adorable coworkers. C’est le fun!

Aside from the internship, I’m spending my time exploring the city (and its incredible art scene), attending the numerous ongoing festivals and preparing the next CAPS (Canadian Planning Students Association) Conference which will be held in Montreal next February… You should hear about that soon enough!

MUPpets in the Field: Laurie

Rosemont Court

Tuesday evening (April 3rd) I attended an open house at the Rosewood Park Alliance Church, the former St. Patrick’s Elementary school and the site of a proposed new housing development (City and leader post).  THis project is notable because the developer, Newrock Developments, is partnering with Classic Communities to provide mortgage assistance to buyers as was done with the Eastgate Villas development last year. 

There will be 78 town-house style units in three different sizes, two to three bedrooms, all more than 1000 sqft.  The cost is estimated between $240 000 and $260 000, but Classic Communities provides money towards the mortgage down-payment, providing assistance in home ownership.

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Rosemont Court

TAE Contemporary Art Gallery and Artful Dodger

March 1st is an exciting day.  It will be most Reginans’ first chance to see the new art space containing Artful Dodger Cafe, TAE Contemporary Art Gallery and Windhover Artists and Events on Osler and 11th Avenue.  From 2-5pm there will be a media launch and sneak peek of the space.

I was fortunate enough to get a tour with Executive Director Carol Cairns last week. 

Follow after the jump for portions of our conversation and more pictures 

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TAE Contemporary Art Gallery and Artful Dodger

Prairie Spruce Cohousing

On January 9, 2012, 31 people attend a meeting of the Prairie Spruce Cohousing Inc (see the New Prairie Spruce Cohousing blog) at the United Way, 1440 Scarth St.  (There will be another housing related meeting at the United Way at 7pm on Tuesday, January 17th, of the Queen City Tenant’s Association.  See prairiedog.) Some of those people were retirees looking to age in place with a stable, friendly, community around them for support.  Others were children, along with their parents, who likely had little idea what the meeting was about.  That age difference is a part of cohousing, a kind of intentional neighbourhood, that these Reginans are looking to build together. 

Cohousing is about residents designing a community that meets their needs with an emphasis on close co-operation, skill sharing, diversity and environmental stewardship, all guided by group consensus.  There are community resources like, a community centre, kitchen, library, car-share, workshop etc, that help reduce the space needed for individual dwellings.  Working cooperatively also allows for a critical mass of people to work on gardening, home repairs, cleaning and other work.  Continue reading “Prairie Spruce Cohousing”

Prairie Spruce Cohousing

Stadium

One of the final reports came from Executive Committee: CR11-167 the P3 market sounding results presented to the Regina Revitalization Initiative (RRI).  The recommendations are as follows 

1. That a Public Private Partnership (P3) model in the development of a replacement for Mosaic Stadium be support.

2. That the Administration be authorized to pursue the development of a process to establish a Design/Build/Finance/Maintain Public Private Partnership procurement approach to construct and operate the replacement for Mosaic Stadium, with the final plan provided to City Council for final consideration.

3. Prior to going to the market for the P3, Administration will provide a report to Council seeking direction on the choice of stadium design (open air vs. fixed or retractable roof).

Councilors hope the P3 process will help in two major ways: The first, to take away some the risk associated with a massive project such as the proposed stadium and share it with private partners.  Councilors reiterated that the city did not have the capacity to build a stadium and would need partners to bring in their investment.   The second is to have a better planned project, so there are potentially fewer cost over runs. 

An important component of Deliotte’s report was finding potential partners; with 19 of the 32 selected firms suggesting the stadium would be an interesting project to undertake.

Council, unsurprisingly, adopted the recommendations.

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Stadium

Council Recap

It was a very busy agenda Monday night at the last City Council meeting in 2011.  There were numerous reports and bylaw changes with many issues prompting discussion, questions, amendments and statements.  With the combination of discussion and large agenda, the well attended meeting was a long one.

Here are some highlights:

CR 11-156:  The Licensing and Municipal Fines Branch is taking over parking enforcement from the Regina Police Service January 2012. 

The transition was welcomed by Councilor Clipsham in particular who cited the University and both hospitals as particularly difficult neighbourhoods to effectively enforce parking in.  He suggested the change could strengthen enforcement across the city.

MR 11-2: The mayor reported on the Municipal Infrastructure Forum: an attempt to grow the discussion on funding a long-term infrastructure plan between the orders of government.  The discussions include organizations like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), cities and other stakeholders.

We also heard that preparations for the second infrastructure summit, slated for next fall, are well underway with even more people than before interested in attending.

CR 11-163:  Councilors Clipsham and Fougere looked to amend the agreement with the province’s Housing Incentive Program, specifically for rental units.  Once again, the issue of downloading responsibility from province to municipality, especially with social housing, was raised by councilor Fougere. He made an amendment in-order- to stress this particular funding agreement would not be precedent setting. 

Councilors and the mayor took time to reiterate the importance of housing, the work council has done to incentivize construction of low-income housing and continuing to explain that the city is not responsible for new building projects.

MN 11-12: Is a motion from councilor Clipsham for administration to prepare a report on alternatives to the demolition of the apartment block on 1755 Hamilton Street.  There was no mention of the Crescent Apts. in his motion.

Heritage, Stadium, and Garbage to come in the next few days.

Council Recap

City Council Meeting

There is another City Council meeting tomorrow night (December 19th) at 5:30.  On the agenda is heritage designations for the Cornwall Row House, Turgeon International Hostel and the Waddell Residence.

The other item of significance is CR11-167 the results of the Regina Revitalization Initiative’s (RRI) private/public partnership (P3) study.  Council will look to recommend a P3 as a way to fund a new stadium. 

The third recommendation in the report states that council will ask administration to guide them on the type of stadium they should pursue through the P3 process. 

See the LP for more.

City Council Meeting

The spectre of change

In the last few weeks, the fate of the Plains Hotel has finally came to pass.  The beloved pub for some and embarrassing dive for others is now a pile of rubble.  It had been two years of waiting for something to happen.  A nervous time for those who’d put their money into the Capital Pointe project. And, a sad time for patrons, as they watched their place lie dead but not buried for months.  

With a long wait came a swift end; once the decision was made, it didn’t take long for the building to come down.

Now that the Plains is gone, I hope the folks behind Capital Pointe can get their affairs in order and start building.  The project is well behind their initial dates.  Some may see this change as a step in the right direction, but I am haunted by the Odeon Theatre’s destruction which resulted in an empty lot for years (now finally being worked on).  Bottom line, Regina has another empty lot to fill and the group charged with adding to our city has, thus far, been less than impressive. 

The spectre of change