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Concert hosts Town Hall Meeting regarding Harbourside

For the past several years, Concert has envisioned the existing Harbourside Business Park as a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented, and sustainable community where people can live, work, shop and play. Located on 12 acres of prime waterfront land, Concert believes that adding a mix of uses to Harbourside will result in dramatic improvements to the business park and the City of North Vancouver’s longest stretch of pedestrian-accessible waterfront; transforming it into a vibrant mixed-use "village".

After a successful application to amend the City of North Vancouver’s Official Community Plan (OCP) in July 2012  to allow residential uses development on the site, the rezoning application process has been ongoing to secure development rights. After rezoning, a City-lead community process will guide programming of both the original and newly-dedicated park space.

While not a requirement of rezoning, Concert is committed to public engagement and has organized a Town Hall Meeting on September 30. At the Town Hall, we will present our revised application for rezoning which includes a number of changes and improvements since our Open House and Developer Information Session in early 2013. The revised application integrates an updated flood management design that can be adapted for sea level rise over time; an updated transportation assessment that improves access and parking to the site and mitigates the effects of this development on surrounding neighbourhoods; and a Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) plan which includes a number of on-site and off-site amenities such as upgrades to the public park space as well as a significant cash contribution to the City.

Residents and businesses who may be affected by the zoning change are encouraged to join us at our Town Hall Meeting to learn more about this exciting development and have their questions answered.

Town Hall Meeting
September 30, 2013
Unit 300 – 889 Harbourside Drive, North Van
6:30 – 7:30pm (open house)
7:30 – 9:00pm (presentation and Q&A)

Axis – A rental success story

While it is typical within the property management industry to have an initial “lease-up” period for a new rental building last a year or more, Concert’s latest rental development in Vancouver was a notable exception.

Axis, located in the heart of the University of British Columbia campus, was fully leased as it welcomed residents for the first time earlier this month.

What explains this leasing success story? Was it the contemporary finishes, the energy-efficient dishwasher and in-suite laundry, or perhaps the unobstructed views of the water, city and North Shore Mountains? Whatever the case, we are certainly pleased to have the building now fully occupied with students, faculty, campus staff and employees of businesses located on campus.

Those interested in learning more about Axis, and perhaps putting their name on the waiting list, can visit www.AxisUBC.com .

Construction in Concert

Concert currently has several active construction projects between Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto. Here is an update on how each of these developments is progressing:

Demolition is well underway on the buildings that currently occupy the site of 88 Scott , Concert’s 58-storey highrise in the heart of downtown Toronto.

A comprehensive renovation is ongoing at the seven-storey Queen Victoria Hotel in Victoria which Concert is converting into rental housing. Once complete, the development will be known as The Q Apartments .

At Era , Concert’s 16-storey condominium development in downtown Victoria, construction has now reached grade.

Salt , Concert’s 33-storey condominium development in downtown Vancouver will be “topped off” later this month. For those not familiar with the term, a building has been topped off when all the concrete floor and roof slabs have been poured. At Concert, this milestone is celebrated with a topping off party for tradespeople and consultants.

With masonry work now finalized, precast and glazing installation are nearly complete on Blythwood at Huntington , Concert and Tridel’s nine-storey condominium development in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

Construction is essentially complete on The Berczy , Concert’s 13-storey condominium in Toronto’s historic downtown St. Lawrence neighbourhood. Purchasers will begin to take possession of their new homes beginning in October.

One32 , our 10-storey rental community in downtown Toronto is nearly complete and on track to welcome its first residents in October.

For ongoing updates regarding construction of these Concert developments, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter ( @ConcertProp ).

Village Gate West is fostering community

Located in Central Etobicoke adjacent to the charming Islington Village and within close proximity of both the Islington and Kipling TTC stations, Concert’s master-planned community of Village Gate West is home to three residential rental developments as well as a vibrant retirement community. Since the completion of Palomar – the final tower at Village Gate West – the community has grown beyond simply bricks and mortar and developed its own unique sense of place.

Concert’s leasing staff goes above and beyond to foster community at Village Gate West, hosting summer barbeques on the outdoor patios, yoga classes, monthly movie nights in the state-of-the-art theatre and family programs in the amenity spaces. Recognizing that these community programs serve as a great opportunity for neighbours to get to know each other, these initiatives are continually being assessed and expanded.

In addition to these unique offerings, Village Gate West offers spacious, clean and newly appointed suites complemented by unsurpassed amenities like fully loaded gyms, games rooms, theatres and entertainment rooms.

Those interested in calling Village Gate West home can choose between Serrano, Sierra or the most recently completed Palomar. To learn more about this unique community, including a full list of availability and floorplans, please click here to visit Concert’s website .

   Founded in 1989, Concert specializes in developing rental apartments, condominium homes and retirement communities, acquiring and developing commercial, industrial and infrastructure properties and in property management. With operations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and the backing of more than 200,000 Canadians represented by the union and management pension plans who own Concert, our commitment is to build strong, sustainable communities across Canada.

 

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