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August 01, 2013

The aftermath

How inner-city condos held up during the 2013 flood

Aaliya Essa and Pepper Rodriguez

Unless you’ve been overseas for the past month or so, you’re no doubt aware of the flooding, mass evacuations and damage wrought by the historic flooding in June that’s affected huge swaths of southern Alberta.

With that in mind, Condo Living made a few phone calls to see just how badly some of the new inner-city multi-family development were affected. By and large, the news is good, it seems like building designs held up, and that it was mostly the power issues that affected all of downtown that were the biggest problem. Here’s a brief rundown of how your favourite inner-city condo developments are doing in the aftermath.

SoBow by M2i Development Corp.

Located at 1640 17A Street S.E.

Inglewood was luckier than many other inner-city communities, according to SoBow sales manager, Ted Gaisford. “While other areas were severely impacted, Inglewood faced challenges that were less severe than many, and for that, we feel incredibly fortunate.” While SoBow did experience flood waters that crested about six feet off the lowest elevations, “professional engineers have inspected the site… and we have full confidence that we can stay on schedule for a Fall 2014 delivery,” he adds.  The sales centre is open for business at their regular hours.

The Gates and Champagne by Remington Corporation

Located at 350 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E.

Despite how dire the situation looked along the Bow River banks near Quarry Park, Glen Deibert of Remington Corporation tells Condo Living, “we’re trying to get the word out that Quarry Park stayed 100 per cent dry and, although we were one of the evacuation zones, we had no issues whatsoever with the flooding.” He adds that Quarry Park’s flood protection and storm water lift station gives this riverside community the ability to deal with urban and river flooding. “We definitely had the proper preventative measures in place.”

The Park by Lake Placid Developments

Located at 13th Ave. and 2nd Steet S.W., sales centre at 300A 17th Ave. S.W.

“The Park was very fortunate that our construction site and show suite were unaffected by the flood waters. This was due in part to our parkade construction design, which will always remain unaffected by rising groundwater levels, the elevation above the flood plain and our unique location. Furthermore, because we are not reliant on Enmax for power and have our own independent generator, we were able to continue with construction without sustaining any water damage,” says Richard Lobsinger, VP Sales & Marketing.

6th and Tenth by Lamb Development Corporation

Located at 6th St. and 10th Ave. S.W.

Ryan Spencer for 6th and Tenth tells a similar story. “The sales centre at 6th and Tenth is currently open for viewing as our sales centre was not affected by the floods. As we are located on high ground, we didn’t suffer the same as other sales centres.”

Waterfront by Anthem Properties

Located at 216 Riverfront Ave. S.W.

The Waterfront condos also were unaffected by the flood and did not suffer any damages to their property across the entire site. Residents in the existing buildings were evacuated as the complex — along with the rest of downtown — were without power. It did affect the launch of its new phase though.

“We were originally scheduled to have our public opening for Outlook, the next phase of the Waterfront community, on June 22. Due to the flood we had to cancel the event and it will now be taking place on July 20th from noon to 5 p.m. at our Presentation Centre,” says Anthem Properties’ Valentina Trevino.

TheRiver by Ledcor Properties

Sales Centre located at 120–396 11th Avenue S.W.

When we last spoke to Anne Clarke of TheRiver, that ultra high-end condo development beside the Elbow River in Mission was still being assessed for damage. TheRiver which had set records for highest priced condos sold in Calgary was over 80 per cent sold for the first phase and 50 per cent sold in the recently launched second phase. “What I can say is that our buyers remain confident about the project, the buildings were designed exactly for this eventuality.” Their Discovery Centre is open by appointment.

Einstein by Providence Group

Sales centre located 139 – 17th Ave. S.E.

Although Einstein’s actual project location in Marda Loop was unaffected by the flooding, its sales centre on the corner of 1st Street S.E. and 17th Avenue remains closed. Sales appointments can still be arranged through their website http://www.einsteincalgary.com

Mark on 10th by Qualex–Landmark

Located at 8th St. and 10th Ave. S.W.

Sales manager Kaleigh Salmon says: “Thankfully, we weren’t affected by the flooding or the power outages and our office is open as usual.”

PIXEL by Battistella

Sales centre located at 1120 Kensington Road N.W.

Co-owner and construction director, Simon Battistella issued a statement saying PIXEL was “very fortunate” to be located outside the flood plain on 9A Street N.W. “We take additional precautions in our projects by building a tanked foundation or raft slab which means our parkades do not need to pump ground water everyday 24/7 to ensure they stay dry.” The sales centre is open by appointment.

Ven by Bucci Developments

Sales Centre located at 306 10th Street N.W.

The West Coast rain-screening technology that this Vancouver-based developer used in all their condominium projects in Calgary, helped mitigate the effects of the flooding. As a result all of Bucci’s developments withstood the watery onslaught better than most. “None of our current developments, including NEXT in Bridgeland, Tribeca in Mission or Ven in Kensington, sustained any major damage, and construction is going on as scheduled,” says Bucci sales and marketing manager, Shane Styles. NEXT and Tribeca are all but sold out, but Styles says they are temporarily closing sales at Ven for the summer — more due to the fact that it’s a slower season than anything else. “We’re retaining our sales staff, but we want to give them the opportunity to do volunteer flood clean-up work.”

Steps Bridgeland by Giustini Bridges Inc.

Located at 921 1st Ave. N.E.

Sales Manager, Ashlee Samaska is happy to report “no, STEPS was not affected by the flooding, and remains open.”

FIRST by Fram + Slokker and Evolution by Embassy BOSA

Sales centres for both are in the East Village Discovery Centre

FIRST, a 191 unit project by FRAM + Slokker has sustained little-to-no impact as a result of flooding. This development is in the early phases of construction and subterranean work had not yet begun.

The Embassy BOSA project, EVOLUTION, began construction in September 2012 and the subterranean excavation has been completed along with phase 1 slab-on-grade.  As a result of the flooding, the construction site is currently retaining water and will be pumped once the neighbourhood water tables reach manageable levels.

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