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August 01, 2013

Hope at large — Inglewood icon

Floods cannot wash away SoBow’s appeal

Marty Hope

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Now that’s some backyard.

SoBow by M2i Development Corporation, which is rising from a tad more than 13 acres of land just down the street from historic Inglewood in the city’s southeast, has all of Pearce Estate Park for its residents to wake up to each morning.

Nudging up against the southerly boundary of the calming 50-acre inner-city park-wetland setting named for one of Calgary’s early-day pioneers William Pearce, twin six-storey concrete buildings with exteriors of brick, glass and metal will offer stylish and cool condominium living, says M2i president Iain McCorkindale.

Since the recent commitment to construction, which is now underway, sales have been positive on the first building — without benefit of the traditional show suite — so strong that the release of the second building may be considered later this year.

“SoBow is a resurrection of sorts,” says McCorkindale in his Glaswegian brogue. “We have restarted a development that first began in 2008 with another developer, but unfortunately timing and other difficulties caused it to stall for the last few years.”

Located at 17th Avenue and 17A Street S.E., SoBow is within walking distance of the eclectic Inglewood retail area, a short drive or bus ride from the city core, and a stone’s throw from the Bow River.

The upscale development was pretty much spared damage from flooding that occurred in June. There was some water in the parking structure of buildings under construction but that was cleared up in one day and the sales centre was not affected, according to McCorkindale.

The company president says construction crews were taken off their regular duties to “lend a helping hand to the community of Inglewood. Other than that, it’s business as usual,” he added.

While long-term plans envisage six phases of construction with in excess of 700 condos and as much as 10,000 square feet of retail, the focus now is, naturally, on delivering the first 120 homes by the fall of 2014, says McCorkindale from SoBow’s onsite sales and presentation centre.

The residences will offer a diverse blend of options from studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites to two-bedroom townhomes. Sizes will run from 694 to slightly more than 1,600-square-feet with prices starting from the $290,000 range up to approximately $700,000, with the majority of units in the high $300,000s and low $400,000s.

“With what we’re presenting in the way of design, location, price, size and specifications, it’s difficult to beat the value we’re offering,” says McCorkindale. “People are looking for value these days, and they can get it at SoBow.”

SoBow will be BuiltGreen HD certified because of M2i’s commitment to sustainable building practices, and these energy-efficient aspects carry on into the interiors of the homes that come with an element of recycled finishing materials, energy-efficient lighting, paint with reduced off-gassing, and high-efficiency windows.

For more information on the development, visit or visit the SoBow sales centre at 1640 17A Street S.E from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Fridays, weekends, and holidays.

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