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PACE / Geranium Main St Mixed Use Condominiums - Why I Like This Design

PACE / Geranium Main St Mixed Use Condominiums - Why I Like This Design

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Stouffville Main Street: Evaluation of proposed Condominiums by PACE/Geranium Homes
Stouffville Main Street: Evaluation of proposed Condominiums by PACE/Geranium Homes

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Published by: Arnold Neufeldt-Fast on Sep 11, 2013
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Why I like this design ...Reflections on the PACE/Geranium Proposed Mixed-Use Condominium Building
Arnold Neufeldt-Fast, Sept. 11, 2013
Town Documentation:
Also
: S. Bolan, “Mixed Reviews,”
Sun-Tribune
(Sept. 10, 2013), 
 
. (See pictures below)This new building design presented by Geranium for a mixed use condominium for downtown Stouffvilleworks. It skillfully picks up on features of key downtown
heritage
buildings, and as such, allows the olderbuildings stand out in a fresh way and to do their job: namely, to anchor the downtown, and to inspirethe course of building in the years to come. This important investment will enhance in our communitywill enhance the
character
of the Downtown (see diagram below for some examples).The building has shops and entrances at sidewalk level; it does not hide back but is designed tocontribute and
enhance life downtown
. It addresses the street and as such is downtown friendly.The
parking
(1.25 cars per unit) is sufficient.
The Town’s current
zoning by-laws are based on a no-longer viable car-centric view of development. This condo should *not* attract two-car families; publictransportation, side-walks to some key amenities, as well as bike trails are at the doorstep. That beingsaid, a safer
bike lane
down Main St. , esp. from the western approach, would benefit not only theseresidents, but the whole community [incl. my family] looking to travel safely along Main St. by bike --e.g., to GO Train, to stores, ect.The town desparately needs more
density
if we not want to sprawl across the morraine (our town isdesignated to grow to 60,000 by 2031). This design with 67 units helps us reach that goal without
“paving over paradise.”
There is no reason to shrink the building by another floor even though the
town’s
height
zoning bylaws for the downtown would require this (design: 18 metres; by-law; 14 metresmax.). The building
fits
well, and sets the bar for further downtown (or Main Street) development.

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