Condo project breaks ground

Pixel project within Kens­ing­ton

Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - AN­DREA COX

At -35 C with the wind chill, the day was un­usu­ally frigid — but Battistella De­vel­op­ments went ahead with plans to break ground on their Pixel by Battistella project in Kens­ing­ton.

Lo­cated on the corner of 9A Street and 2nd Av­enue N.W., the eight-storey condo and town­house project is right in the heart of the Tran­sit Ori­ented De­vel­op­ment (TOD) area in Cal­gary’s Hill­hurst/sun­ny­side area.

Pixel will blend sus­tain­able de­sign with con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture in­spired by Van­cou­ver’s Waterfront Olympic Vil­lage.

Town­homes and gar­den homes will grace the first and sec­ond storeys, each with their own front doors.

The re­main­ing mix will fea­ture a com­bi­na­tion of stu­dio as well as one -and twobed­room homes with views to the east of the Bow River and down­town.

A limited num­ber of pent­house homes have just been re­leased.

“It is very Van­cou­ver-like,” says Paul Battistella, prin­ci­pal at Battistella De­vel­op­ments.

The Hill­hurst/sun­ny­side area re­de­vel­op­ment plan in­cor­po­rates hu­man-scale de­sign, in­creased den­sity, mixed-use com­mer­cial cor­ri­dors and the use of mid-rise de­vel­op­ment — cre­at­ing the feel of lay­ered vi­brancy within the ur­ban con­text, both from a so­cial and eco- nomic stand­point.

Battistella De­vel­op­ments is a sup­porter of the cit­i­zen­led Bow to Bluff ini­tia­tive to beau­tify the public parklets carved by the LRT cor­ri­dor be­tween the Bow River and Mchugh Bluff along 9A Street, which will en­hance and ben­e­fit the area.

“Battistella’s Pixel project and sev­eral more projects un­der de­vel­op­ment or pro­posed will bring with them the po­ten­tial for in­vest­ment in the com­mu­nity’s public realm — side­walks, streets and gath­er­ing places — which have grown tired over the years,” says David White, com­mu­nity plan­ning chair of the Hill­hurst/sun­ny­side com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion.

Cour­tesy, Battistella De­vel­op­ments

From left, Mark Cari­gan, Adrienne Mcgar­vey, Paul Battistella and Traci Wil­son of Battistella De­vel­op­ments on the site of the Pixel project by Battistella.

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