Bigger, bolder, higher: Vancouver’s push for density has builders rejigging their plans

Rendering of the original Raphael building.Cape Group When Vancouver developer Zack Ross heard that the Broadway Plan had been approved, he immediately ordered all work stopped at the site of a 95-unit apartment building on East 2nd Avenue, in the False Creek Flats area. Instead of a five-storey building, Mr. Ross now had the potential … Read more

‘It’s bittersweet:’ Managers at longtime Peachland, B.C. campground set to close down – Okanagan

A popular lakefront campground in Peachland, BC will be closing its gates on Sept. 6 to make way for a new residential development that was given approval by town council last month. Todd’s RV and Camping has been in business since 1956. It’s been family-owned since its inception and offers campers a unique experience according … Read more

Ontario Place redevelopment faces new hurdles after private partner exits

Ontario Place opened on Toronto’s waterfront in 1971 and closed in 2012 amid declining attendance numbers. Although some of the land remained a popular park, parts of it fell into disuse.Michelle Siu/The Globe and Mail/The Globe and Mail One of the three companies chosen to redevelop Ontario Place has pulled out of the project, raising … Read more

An award-winning laneway home in Summerhill

Carol W Photography/Carol W Photography 40R Shaftesbury Ave., Toronto Asking Price: $1,398,000 Taxes: $7,722.23 (2022) Lot Size: 20-by 42-feet agent: Heather Harris, Lauren Walker and Todd Skinner, Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd. The back story In 2006, artist Elena Soni and psychiatrist Jorge Soni purchased a diminutive building in a back lane in Toronto’s historic … Read more

A world-famous architect asks: Why did his Toronto design disappear?

Moshe Safdie’s clients say their project is simply changing to respond to Toronto’s concerns.Handout Moshe Safdie is annoyed. One of the world’s best-known architects, Mr. Safdie feels he was misused and manipulated by a group of Toronto real-estate developers. He probably has a point. For a year, mr. Safdie was the public face of a … Read more

Expansive plan for new Humber-area development is a recipe for a new city: dense, colourful and messy

Allies & Morrison/Handout A woman walks down a street straight toward the bakery. The nubbly brick and russet-painted railings of an apartment building rise up to her left; another building to the right scatters the sun off white awnings. Two men sit chatting under the shade of a ginkgo tree. And as she walks past … Read more

Vancouver city hall pauses housing project decision until after fall election

Vancouver city hall announced a last-minute decision to defer a public hearing on a massive housing project until after a new city council takes over in October.JENNIFER GAUTHIER/The Globe and Mail Vancouver city hall issued notice this week that the final step needed for a massive new housing project in a heavily trafficked neighborhood will … Read more

Supportive housing project in Vancouver up for contentious debate

Karen Finnan, from Kitsilano Coalition, speaking at a rally opposing a proposal for supportive housing to be built in the Kitsilano neighborhood in Vancouver on June 21.Jimmy Jeong/The Globe and Mail A group of residents in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood will try to convince city council this week that housing people with serious mental-health or addiction … Read more

Rising interest rates pose risk to affordable housing program, Metro Vancouver developer warns

A rendering of the Quadra Homes project in the township of Langley, which will be half strata condos and half below-market rentals because of rising interest rates.Handout A Metro Vancouver developer is sounding the alarm that rising interest rates are putting in jeopardy a federal program that encourages private developers, non-profits and municipalities to deliver … Read more

Ontario’s proposed Highway 413 outside of Toronto paves a divide between farmers, developers

Philip Armstrong, centre, with nephew Lucas Armstrong, left, and son Richard Armstrong, right, at Armstrong Manor Farm, in Caledon, Ont., on May 24.Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Globe and Mail For Philip Armstrong, Ontario’s planned Highway 413 has ignited a battle of head versus heart. His family’s Armstrong Manor Farm has operated in Caledon, Ont., north of … Read more