Developer Requests Rezoning to Allow Development on Former Kensington Manor Site – Calgary | PKBNEWS

The City of Calgary has received an application to change the zoning on the property where the former Kensington Manor apartment building once stood in the northwest of the city.

The property, at 32110 Street NW, has remained vacant since the ill-fated apartment complex was demolished in the spring of 2020 after it was deemed unsafe.

The land was recently sold and the new owner is looking to develop a new building with both commercial space on the ground floor and residential apartments on the upper floors.

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O2 Planning and Development submitted the application to rezone the land, to allow for an eight-storey development — one storey higher than the previous building on the site.

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According to the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, the area’s redevelopment plan has a maximum height of seven stories.

“The general context, in terms of more recent developments that we’ve seen along this block, comes in at six floors,” said Kate Stenson of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. “Six stories seems like a more acceptable height from what we hear from community members.”

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The City of Calgary Planning Department is now accepting community input until February 17.

Stenson said residents are also concerned about increased traffic in the lane behind the property, as new developments in the area will not include vehicle access from 10th Street.

“Of course, with any additional density, you’re going to see more traffic in the driveway,” Stenson said. “So just make sure there are improvements that are informed by this increase in usage and intensity.”

If the site is rezoned, many of the residents’ concerns such as the overall building composition, design, size and details such as parking, landscaping and site access would be determined at a later date when development permit application is submitted for the site.

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The community association is hosting an information session on the proposal with the development on February 2.

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