President Apartments redevelopment news

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Postby newsposter » Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:51 pm

A historic designation application for the President, related to the density-added project described above, was prepared early in 2009 but was suspended due to some technical issues (the bylaw was "abandoned" due to the owner deciding to subdivide the property, which would change the content of the designation bylaw. Awaiting an update on that.) Hopefully the bugs will be worked out and the designation will proceed at some point.

Here is a link to the agenda item at the time:

http://publicaccess.calgary.ca/lldm01/l ... n=Download

New info :arrow: A February 9 2009 report to City Council on the status of the Beltline ARP (M-2008-055) indicated that the "the developer will be required to... provide a historic rehabilitation study that details all records of the existing building prior to any alterations, the current conditions, and a detailed rehabilitation plan. One interior floor of the President Apartments will be preserved in its original condition. In addition there will be a publicly accessible interpretive feature to highlight the historic significance of the President Apartments which will be showcased at a variety of locations on the site and within the building."

In the meantime, the owners are seeking productive use from the President, which has been vacant for several years now (2005?), leading to worries about security, potential for arson, etc... Am glad to report that as of June 2009 the building is being repaired and prepared for residential occupancy. :)

New paint job as of August 2009.

For more information see page one of this thread.
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Postby maddisonblair » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:52 pm

I used to live in an apartment complex very close to 'The President', and I've had my eye on this building for quite a while now. I was wondering if anyone knows any information regarding the completion date, and when the landlord may start accepting applications for lease?
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Postby newsposter » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:38 pm

I think it is already open for leasing. Believe there is a sign on the building and some occupants already.
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Postby newsposter » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:39 am

Altascribe reports in another thread:

Update on the this building is that it has been refurbished with a coat of brown paint on the outside and replacement windows. Slowly being rented. Small studio apartments with a kitchen and bathroom and one large room for living/bedroom. Floors were sanded and refinished.
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Postby newsposter » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:53 pm

David Parker, Calgary Herald May 25, 2010... See what a difference a coat of paint makes and drive by The President, the three-storey, 24-unit apartment building on the southwest corner of 12th Avenue and 7th Street S.W., across from Canada Safeway. It was destined to be incorporated into a new high-rise development but I see it has been renovated, the exterior painted a nice chocolate brown, and it has been put on the market through the investment team at Colliers International...

July 1 2010 update: The Colliers international website indicates it is conditionally sold. Here is some of the listing information:

The President
809 - 12th Avenue SW
►► Three storey apartment building with $500,000 in recent upgrades
►► 16,296 square feet of land
►► Approved for 129 residential units and 32 stories*
►► $4,400,000

* Note from newsposter - this includes additional density from the preservation of the existing President, with plans to designate the building. As far as we know, that plan stands. See above posts.
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:arrow: Further note, as of Jan 2010 the building remains in the hands of Renoir Management: http://www.renoirmanagement.com/
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Postby newsposter » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:50 pm

Global TV story, Jan 6 2010, on the pending municipal designation (legal protection) of the President Apartments, and plans for the future of the site. Video at the link (as of Jan 7 2010)

http://www.globaltvcalgary.com/video/in ... JqtprIHOvG

Link to the owners website, including pictures of the proposed development:

http://www.renoirmanagement.com/
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Postby alisontin » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:10 pm

"A historic designation application for the President, related to the density-added project described above, was prepared early in 2009 but was suspended due to some technical issues (the bylaw was "abandoned" due to the owner deciding to subdivide the property, which would change the content of the designation bylaw. Awaiting an update on that.) Hopefully the bugs will be worked out and the designation will proceed at some point. "

Just wanted to know if the designation of the President has been proceeded.

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Postby newsposter » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:30 am

It is on the agenda of Council's LPT committee for Jan. 19, 2011. Then it will go to full Council for final approval. See the link below and click on the agenda item for more information about the President and its pending designation as a municipal historic resource:

http://agendaminutes.calgary.ca/sirepub ... ype=AGENDA

Update: Received committee support. Designation vote will be at Council on Feb. 7, 2010. Item no. 9.2.3, LPT2011-07 on the agenda:

http://agendaminutes.calgary.ca/sirepub ... ype=AGENDA
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Postby newsposter » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:19 am

The President is up for sale. Some details according to an ad in the April 1, 2011 Calgary Herald (C2)

- 3 Storey apartment building consisting of 24 fully leased bachelor suites... current net revenue of approx. $170K...
- $500K in recent upgrades...
- Future development opportunity for a 32 storey residential/retail building totalling 218,300 sq ft... (note, the approval for this includes preservation of the President and related density bonusing - see above)

It can all be yours for $5M! Down payment of $1M and the remainder $4M in vendor financing at 3.5%, 2 year mortgage term...

If you're interested call 403-560-6864!
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Postby newsposter » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:37 am

The owners of the President are applying to the City for a Land Use Redesignation to build the long-planned tower on the site. Incorporation of the President was part of the plan last time around and is part of the current land use designation. The President is a municipal historic resource.
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Postby newsposter » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:51 am

History: 1 Bulldozers:0 Developer saves The President

Calgary Sun
By: Michael Platt
Date: Jan 14, 2013

Link to full story and photos:
http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/01/13/de ... -bulldozed

The landfills are full of Calgary's history -- the bricks and mortar of a city that's never halted development in the name of preservation.

In most cities, the loss of a century-old city block in the name of progress would be front page news -- here in Calgary, tearing down history warrants a been-there, done-that shrug.

People may not like it, but they feel helpless.

Who can blame them, when developers can mow down Penny Lane and the Mount Royal Block, or skyline icons like the Ogden Federal grain elevator.

The old Herald Building downtown is doomed, and Calgary just lost an entire row of landmark Victorian homes in Mission, known as "The Painted Ladies."

In November, one month shy of its 100th birthday, the Beltline's Harvey Block was demolished, erasing yet another entry on city hall's heritage inventory.

Not that the official list ever seems to matter.

For those who love history, it's a sickening tradition. This is Calgary, where the past is in the way.

It would take a real twist to turn a historic-site development permit into a story that doesn't end with bulldozers and a lament for lost character and charm.

A twist, like a developer who changes his mind. A developer like Tim Down.

"It taught me a lot. I was uneducated about these things before. I am very enlightened now," said Down.

The owner of Calgary's Renoir Management once held that same piece of paper obtained by so many before him : An application for a demolition permit, allowing the destruction of one of Calgary's original buildings.

Down wanted to build a modern highrise on the site at 801 12 Ave. S.W., and to do so meant doing away with a old three-storey building known as The President Apartments.

Built in 1927 in Spanish colonial style, the white stucco building was once one of Calgary's most prestigious apartments, but was on the shabby side when Down acquired it.

That was one of the reasons Down didn't think anyone would care if he knocked the old structure down to make way for a 17-storey condo tower -- but he was wrong.

An outcry from the community, along with pres-sure from the city's heritage department, convinced Down to take another look at the old girl. The developer found himself charmed.

"I realized it was a win-win for the city and myself -- it's a great old building," said Down.

"All the people surrounding the building showed me it was their passion, and how important it really is. I didn't get any of that before."

The demolition permit was abandoned, taking The President off death row -- a near miracle in Calgary.

New plans were drawn up, this time featuring a 33-storey building which utilizes the refurbished President at the base, protecting history and incorporating it at the same time.

That was nearly five years ago. This week, with the economy making the development feasible again, the site goes before the Calgary Planning Commission for a land-use hearing.

Down says he hopes to start work this fall, and when finished, The President will be home to a ground-floor restaurant and cafe, plus a rooftop garden deck connecting the old building to the tower.

It won't be an easy job, and the engineering plan calls for the complete removal of The President onto 7 Street, to make way for an underground parking lot.

"We're moving the building off the site, constructing the parkade and then moving it back -- the city agreed to close seventh, so they'll come in and jack the building up and slide it over," said Down.

It takes a lot of work to save history, but Down says he's now convinced preserving Calgary's past is worth the extra effort.

"On first blush, it was "how can we actually do this?" But anything is doable, and at the end of the day, it all worked out," he said
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