Con­do­minium com­mu­nity for River Heights

Cen­ten­nial Park will be home to tidy, mid-sized bun­ga­lows

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys

FOR the long­est time, Myles Kraut and Marc Kip­nes had vi­su­al­ized an idea: an in­fill con­do­minium com­mu­nity com­prised of tidy, mid­sized bun­ga­lows.

Prob­lem was, they couldn’t find the right piece of land for the project. Then, they saw it — a strip of land in River Heights (be­tween Co­ry­don Av­enue and Academy Road) that matched their vi­sion. In that in­stance, Cen­ten­nial Park was born.

“This project didn’t come to­gether overnight,” said Kip­nes, who along with Kraut con­ceived the suc­cess­ful Mo­saic Con­do­mini­ums project in the Fort Rich­mond area. “We looked long and hard for a place to build. Then, when this prop­erty came up for sale, we acted very quickly. We saw it as an af­ford­able place to put in some pretty cool con­do­mini­ums.”

The idea, said Kip­nes, was to keep the tra­di­tion of River Heights, yet bring in new con­struc­tion to meet in­creas­ing hous­ing needs.

“With this project com­ing on stream, peo­ple who live in the area won’t have to leave the area (when they sell their house). This type of hous­ing will en­able them to stay in an area they love, but in a con­do­minium that re­quires lit­tle or no main­te­nance. We’ve worked very closely with the city to come up with a com­mu­nity that both they and the lo­cal res­i­dents ap­proved of.”

New­man, Green­berg and As­so­ci­ates co-owner Barry Green­berg said the lo­cals made it clear what they wanted — and didn’t want.

“They im­me­di­ately made it clear they didn’t want a high­rise project,” said Green­berg. “The project, in their mind, had to fit the area.”

Kraut said he and Kip­nes met with res­i­dents re­peat­edly to re­fine project blue­prints.

“We ac­tu­ally met four times with folks from the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­nity to get feed­back on what they wanted,” said Kraut. “We also re­lied on the in­put of (the city’s) Michael Robin­son. With­out him, we wouldn’t have come up with such a qual­ity plan.”

The re­sult of all the plan­ning is a bun­ga­low con­do­minium com­mu­nity — built by Pre-Con Builders and de­signed by ar­chi­tect Ernie Wal­ter — that will be sit­u­ated be­tween Co­ry­don Av­enue (with units set back well from the street) and Academy Road, run­ning be­tween Cen­ten­nial Street and Lock­wood Street.

“There will be 62 units in to­tal, with the first 28 (phase one) go­ing up in spring 2011,” said Kip­nes. “They will be two-and three-bed­room at­tached bun­ga­lows rang­ing in size from 1,080 sq. ft. to 1,254 sq. ft., with full base­ments, at­tached garages and pri­vate yards with decks. Most im­por­tantly, each home will have a dif­fer­ent look. They won’t be row houses.”

Once com­plete, he added, the com­mu­nity will have a paved walk­ing/bike path run­ning through it from start to fin­ish and will seam­lessly merge Co­ry­don and Academy to­gether. To add to the com­mu­nity’s in­her­ent beauty, over 600 trees and shurbs will be planted along the path, which will be planted prior to ac­tual con­struc­tion to pro­vide a pre­view of how the com­mu­nity will wind through the area.

Kraut said prospec­tive own­ers will not only en­joy the area’s vis­ual ap­peal, but the qual­ity with which the at­tached units will be con­structed.

“First of all, ICF (in­su­lated con­crete forms) will com­prise the sep­a­ra­tion walls be­tween each unit to pro­vide a high level of sound proof­ing and fire re­tar­dency,” he said, adding main floor ceil­ings will be nine feet. “Each unit will fea­ture an open-con­cept de­sign with triple-pane win­dows, stain­less steel en­ergy smart ap­pli­ances, gran­ite kitchens and lam­i­nate floors. And those in­te­rior fea­tures are stan­dard.”

The qual­ity doesn’t end there, added Kip­nes.

“Of course, each and ev­ery unit will be built on piles, and will come with an ex­te­rior that fea­tures acrylic stucco and ma­sonry and hardi­board sid­ing. Each con­do­minium will come with cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing and forced-air heat­ing, as well as a fin­ished base­ment op­tion. All base­ments will come in­su­lated and polyed.”

Green­berg said Cen­ten­nial Park will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the area for sev­eral rea­sons.

“It’s one of the best lo­ca­tions in the city, and will pro­vide the best of both worlds — old char­ac­ter, but new con­struc­tion,” he said. “It will also be a wel­come re­lief to the area — new con­struc­tion, with no bid­ding wars. Ul­ti­mately, it will of­fer ease of liv­ing at an af­ford­able price in a won­der­ful area, and won’t be limited to one age group. The units will also be priced low enough so any­one can af­ford to get into River Heights.”

The Cen­ten­nial Park con­dos are an in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion to a dif­fi­cult lot.

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