City Council Wrap Up: Condos Converted And New, Fire Curfew

Seeing as my council preview was so infernally long, I’ll try to keep this review short.

As mentioned, there were two condo conversions before council tonight. The first, at 1235 Grace Street, was approved. Planning Commission, city staff and the current tenants all agreed that this conversion was a good idea, so no surprise council felt the same.

Council also agreed that the 4304 Rae Street conversion should not go forward. Apparently, council received some telling correspondence from a few of the tenants saying a conversion would cause them hardship and that they felt pressured by their landlord to go along with it. Council listened and said no to the conversion. This is only the second condo conversion to be denied since 2008. Check the next print prairie dog for details.

Beyond that, the Capital Pointe condo/hotel complex received final approval. Demolition of the Plains Hotel will come at the end of the summer. Above-ground construction will begin next spring. Soon, condo sales will be handled out of what was once the Sushi Bank.

Finally, the fire bylaw amendment was passed. Newly added to it is a curfew on outdoor fires. Starting essentially now, you can’t have an outdoor fire between the hours of 1:00 am and 12:00 pm. If you do, you run the risk of being fined up to $300.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

4 thoughts on “City Council Wrap Up: Condos Converted And New, Fire Curfew”

  1. no surprise re: the demise of the plains, i only know of three people who’d rather see the Plains stay (including me)

  2. I’m with you, Jeff. It seems like a shame. Sadly it’s difficult to explain to most people just how much character and history a building like The Plains can hold. Its understated quality belies its place in the history of Regina.

    New buildings are so shiny and impressive. You could probably knock down Government House if it was replaced with a glass building big enough to hold more gigantic Rider decals.

  3. Yes, public art in the form of giant corporate logos. It is subversive in its own way.

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