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2016-10-21-oakridge-crossing-open-house-revised-page-001

2016-10-21-oakridge-crossing-open-house-revised-page-001

8 Comments
  • Charles Gulley
    Posted at 05:24h, 08 February Reply

    It appears that the parking redesign will decrease total surface parking. For the professional building, there is a significant number of individuals who will continue to drive to work and park in the general parking. The current mall staff numbers at least 40 people not including the banks, many who drive and park at the Co-op currently. At times currently, there is limited parking available, so decreasing total surface parking spaces will most likely exacerbate this situation. It seems illogical that the new professional building will not have underground parking for the “tenants” so as to not use the surface parking area.

    • Admin
      Posted at 03:58h, 09 February Reply

      Hi Charles,

      Thank you for your comment about parking for Oakridge Crossing. There are limitations to where underground parking can go on the property (it is limited to the north east corner, where a two story underground parade will be put in). The current plans however do exceed the City’s requirement for all forms of parking, including commercial and residential uses. There will be a slight decrease in public surface parking, however several areas are currently underutilized. All of these things have been factored into the design and positions of the buildings as much as possible as well as pedestrian safety, walkways and spot positions.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions about the project. Thank you

  • Torben Angelo
    Posted at 03:05h, 11 March Reply

    Further to Mr. Guilleys comment re parking, he is correct about the non-specific mall guests using parking. There is a number of commercial and private vehicles parked overnight, likely from the neighbouring condos to the north. This should be should be solved with enforcement , which likely hasn’t
    been done due to the large excess of space with the current traffic level..

    • Admin
      Posted at 04:47h, 11 March Reply

      Hi – thanks for your comments. If parking from unauthorized users becomes an issue, then yes, enforcement would be a solution (one that is currently exercised at other Co-op locations near LRT stations and at their midtown location as well).

  • Kerry Grant
    Posted at 08:06h, 27 April Reply

    As an employee in the current mall building, I have concerns about the parking availability too. In your final drawings (Phase IV), there appear to be a total of only 326 surface parking stalls. Presumably this is meant to accommodate all the staff in the retail spaces below the condo tower on the NE corner, the staff at A&W, the staff from the Coop Gas Bar, the staff for the Liquor Store, the staff for the Boston Pizza, the staff for the other retail spaces under the NW condo building, the staff at Coop, and all the staff from the businesses that will be housed in the new Professional Building near the Boston Pizza. I’m not sure how the math adds up. The current retailers and professional offices in the mall (not including Coop) have staff of between 60 and 75 individuals each day. If you add in staff for the A&W, gas bar, liquor store, Boston Pizza, Coop and any new retails spaces, that number will easily exceed 150. Did you take into account that during the winter months, dozens of parking stalls are unusable due to snow being plowed and piled up in various areas of the parking lot? This reduces the number of parking spots even further (326 minus 150 minus 24 snow spots = 152 spots left). Having only approximately 150 spots available for all the patrons of the aforementioned businesses, and all the grocery shoppers, seems very low. And I don’t think you will need to “wait and see” before starting to enforce parking regulations. Residents in the area use the parking stalls, and most certainly the residents in the new condos (and their guests) will as well. If 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units are being sold, you can be assured that most units will house at least 2 people, either a couple, or roommates. Not too many people can afford to live alone in this real estate market. And since most people own a car, that will mean the single-stall parking assigned for each unit will be insufficient, as most condos will house two car owners. The City may say that it is sufficient on paper, but the reality is going to be something else.

    • Admin
      Posted at 01:37h, 28 April Reply

      Hi Kerry,

      Thank you for your detailed feedback. In developing out the plans, Co-op has taken into account the parking needs of its staff and customers, as well as its tenants, their employees and customers. We have worked hard to find a balance between site business parking requirements, what the city would like to see and what residents of the area have expressed in terms of need. Activities that affect or limit parking seasonally (like pop up markets and snow removal) will be considered and changes to how things are done (like snow removal) will occur. we will also be looking at things like shared use parking.
      As a local company, along with Co-op (also local) we’ve spent a lot of time over the last two years talking to various stakeholders to determine what is important to everyone and attempt to bring that together into the design and plans for the property. We know the area well and are aware of the various things you mentioned that affect parking. We know parking is key to successful retail businesses as well. We appreciate your concerns and want you to know that all of your points have been looked at. if you have any other question or comments please let us know – we’d be happy to review the plans with you.

  • Kerry Grant
    Posted at 05:58h, 28 April Reply

    It’s a shame that since all the comments on this site aren’t in one location, you are going to be answering the same queries over and over again. Could you not find a way to have all the comments in one spot, instead of attached to each individual image?

    • Admin
      Posted at 00:31h, 29 April Reply

      Hi Kerry;

      People are going to comment on different blog posts and images as they please – normally the comments relate to a specific topic or image they are interested in. We are happy to answer questions and have discussions wherever they may appear – on the website, social media, at community meetings etc.

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