Central Green apartment, downtown parking on council's agenda

A developer is asking city hall for help to make an upcoming project more efficient with its parking.

Proposed plans for the 14 storey, 91-unit Ellis Parc condo building include 100 parking stalls, for the site at Ellis and Water right beside Prospera Place.

But if council sides with the city, the width of each stall would be cut down by up to half a metre, which would allow for an additional 17 stalls to be built.

Because the city's bylaws require a building that size to have 139 parking stalls, developer ICR Projects would have to put up a payment in lieu of the difference in stalls.

If 100 are built, that payment would be $877,500 - but that amount would decrease to $495,000 if the stall count is squeezed up to 117.

The developer is also asking the city to waive the lieu payment for eight of the missing stalls, and in exchange provide two electric car share vehicles, along with a charging station.

Plans have been finalized to add another apartment building on the Central Green site, southwest of Harvey and Richter.

On Monday, council will consider a development permit for a five-storey, 108-unit building that's expected to be eventually be one of four rental buildings on the site.

Central Green also has three other strata buildings included in its master plan, which have already successfully received their permits.

This project would be the second out of the four planned rental apartment buildings to get approved.

The new building would be made up of 8 two-bedroom units, 85 one-bedrooms, and 15 bachelor suites.

The city will also be completing the first phase of construction on nearby Rowcliffe Park this year, as it was funded in the 2017 Capital Plan.

This year's construction of the Ethel Street Active Transportation Corridor will cost a little more than years prior.

In a report to council, staff say that after putting the project out to tender in April, they only heard back from one developer, whose bid was 18% above the city's planned budget.

With a budget deficit of about $160,000, staff are proposing to move funding away from other projets that have already been deferred.

About $80,000 worth of the design budget for the Sutherland Avenue transportation corridor is available to use, as the project has been pushed back a year for re-evaluation.

The other $80,000 would come from a cancelled pressure valves project, which is being re-scoped for consideration in 2019.

Phase 4 construction will extend the transportation corridor along Ethel Street, between Sutherland and Springfield.