Another One Bites The Dust?

Rose St. (office)Strolling down Rose St. this morning heading north between 12th and 11th Ave. I noticed the above sign posted mid-block. It would seem to indicate that the surface parking lot located on the north-east corner of Rose and 12th is in jeopardy of being lost. The long-standing rumour, I believe, is that SGI will be moving into a new office building on the site.

Currently, SGI occupies a 20-storey tower at Lorne and 11th. The proposed office building on Rose would have 16 floors and 440,000 sq. ft. of space. One motivating factor for SGI to move is the deteriorating state of its existing tower. It’s also been said that it’s looking for a building with a larger floor plate to avoid having departments spread over multiple floors.

As for the hot-button issue of parking in downtown Regina, Agriculture Place, which is to be built on 18 block Hamilton, will have three levels of underground parking. At an infomation session held a few weeks ago, Harvard Developments indicated that the underground parkade would be open to the public for paid parking outside of business hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday. I would expect the Rose St. building would also be required to have underground parking. Although whether it would be open to the public in a similar fashion is another matter.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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5 thoughts on “Another One Bites The Dust?”

  1. A development permit had been granted for this site a couple of years ago. It expired in October so the developer is back before the Regina Planning Commission to renew the permit on Wednesday. There’s no changes to building proposal from when it was initially approved in 2011. You can find more information here.

    Also, the Capital Pointe project is back before the Planning Commission to renew its development permit too. The proposal has changed since it was initially approved back in 2011. Originally the plan had been for a 19 storey building with 105 hotel rooms and 106 dwelling units. Now, the building is 26 storeys with 130 hotel rooms and 126 dwelling units. More info on that can be found here.

  2. How about,16 floors of SGIO, & 5 floors of apts, above?

    When SGI moves,I’d like to see the gold impregnated glass;re-purposed in the design.

    This is : I don’t know, just a Regina thing ,I guess.

    Then turn the current SGI building,( gutted ), into an extension of the cornhole parkade.

    20 floors of never looking for a space ever again.

    CoR you now owe me approx, $4m in “freelance” consultation fees.

    Or, at least a “Free Parking Forever” sticker for my vehicle.

  3. WHAT? Take away a surface parking lot no one uses?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    Seriously though, I am glad to hear that some of the gaps in downtown Regina are being filled.
    Will they follow the “master plan” and have street-level shops too?

  4. Capital Pointe Jim: Well, it looks like we haven’t been able to generate enough interest in our project to go forward in a timely fashion. What should we do Capital Pointe George?

    Capital Pointe George: BIGGER! LET’S MAKE IT BIGGER!

    CPJ: There are some people who think downtown Regina doesn’t have enough amenities or late-night activity to justify a project of this size, and think an incremental, smaller-scale approach may be wiser…


    CPJ: Since we first announced the project, some other projects like Gardens on Rose and Centre Square Plaza have really eaten into our market pool. People seem to have lost faith in us, don’t you think we should…


    CPJ: Okay George, we’ll make it bigger.

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