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Parking in Waterloo Region
It now means that the parking will need to be below grade. The majority of the parking for the Barrelyards is below grade and it surely has the same water table issues that other buildings where parking podiums were proposed as as a better solution. Yes, it will cost the developer more in the long run, but it will create a better street face for pedestrians.
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Ya absolutely but given how much more the project now costs it's not inconceivable that the project gets scaled back and redesigned
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Or scaled up, with a larger office building footprint. Or with a condo tower added.

If you need to go to the expense of building a (large!) underground parking garage, you will want to max out the benefit from that, and that may mean a larger building. In which case the residents may have got what they asked for (no parking garage next door) but still be unhappy with what they do get (an even taller office building next door).
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(03-20-2019, 09:37 PM)tomh009 Wrote: Or scaled up, with a larger office building footprint. Or with a condo tower added.

If you need to go to the expense of building a (large!) underground parking garage, you will want to max out the benefit from that, and that may mean a larger building. In which case the residents may have got what they asked for (no parking garage next door) but still be unhappy with what they do get (an even taller office building next door).

Is a larger building feasible? I'm not sure what the city parking requirements are here (I very much hope they are zero), but who ever will occupy the building will want parking. Building size is likely limited by parking, an underground lot will be smaller, and likely limit the size of the building.

Implementing a condo/apartment tower would be a possible modification if it was possible to share parking, which is a good idea, but I have no idea how feasible.
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(03-20-2019, 09:45 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(03-20-2019, 09:37 PM)tomh009 Wrote: Or scaled up, with a larger office building footprint. Or with a condo tower added.

If you need to go to the expense of building a (large!) underground parking garage, you will want to max out the benefit from that, and that may mean a larger building. In which case the residents may have got what they asked for (no parking garage next door) but still be unhappy with what they do get (an even taller office building next door).

Is a larger building feasible? I'm not sure what the city parking requirements are here (I very much hope they are zero), but who ever will occupy the building will want parking. Building size is likely limited by parking, an underground lot will be smaller, and likely limit the size of the building.

Implementing a condo/apartment tower would be a possible modification if it was possible to share parking, which is a good idea, but I have no idea how feasible.

An underground lot will be more expensive (per space), for sure. But how large (and deep) it is really depends on how much parking the developer wants.

Anyway, my point was to be careful what you ask for, because you just might get exactly that. Smile
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