Section 23 continues building legacy in city housing market
|calgaryherald.com 14 Oct 2019 at 19:53|
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One of our city’s nicest commercial offices is a character house on 9th Street, half a block south of 17th Avenue S.W. It has been a 5,400-square-foot, four-storey home to Section 23 Developments, but it is now up for lease as the company is planning a move into more spacious offices in Quarry Park.
Section 23 has reached an agreement with Bordeaux Properties to acquire its ownership of Baywest Homes, and the new location will bring both entities together on one floor.
Chris Plotz, Section 23’s president, sought the professional advice of Justin Mayerchak and Jash Sandhu of Colliers International to find the ideal location, and quickly finalized a lease on the 10,500-square-foot third floor of a Remington-built office block designed by Riddell Kurczaba Architecture along Quarry Boulevard S.E.
Plotz says part of the attraction was being close to Rangeview, Section 23’s major planned development south of Mahogany, but Quarry Park is also accessible and offers many amenities including shopping, restaurants and other services for his staff.
Under an agreement forged in 2015, Bordeaux and Section 23 were 50/50 partners in the established Calgary home builder and have worked together collaboratively to build on Baywest’s successes and storied history that spans three decades.
Baywest has completed its involvement in Silverado while continuing in Harmony, Mahogany, Walden and Cranston, and will be a major player in Rangeview. It will build 25 to 30 per cent of the single-family houses there; its show homes are scheduled to open in the spring of 2021.
Robert Ollerenshaw is founder and executive chairman of Section 23, and the 320-acre Rangeview development draws inspiration from the Ollerenshaw family’s agricultural roots, connecting people to the land through an innovative growth strategy centred on sustainability and collaboration. Agricultural elements include a central village, three village squares, greenhouses and opportunities for gardening and garden-to-table food celebrations.
Plotz and his team are also excited by the progress of Section 23’s superior seniors’ residence adjacent to cSPACE in South Calgary district.
Named The Edward in recognition of the former King Edward School, it will provide 95 independent-living suites with the opportunity to “enjoy the rewards of a life well spent.”
Designed by McKinley Burkart Architects and under construction by Centron, the 90,000-square-foot upscale facility will welcome residents next August; pre-leasing begins in the spring.
The Edward will boast five-star amenities that include a concierge, wellness navigator, fitness trainer and executive chef. Restaurant-style formal dining with maitre d’ service is available in the Marjorie dining room, while residents can also enjoy a rooftop garden picnic and casual breakfast or lunch in the Nest Bistro located in a two-storey structure between the residential suites and cSPACE.
Just steps from the Arts Hub, it will allow residents to engage with the thriving arts and cultural community and participate in its programs, and its tenants will be encouraged to use The Edward’s dining rooms and other amenities to help integrate them with the seniors.
The area is also close to the Marda Loop business district with its trendy cafes, retail boutiques and groceries, but longer outings and appointments can make use of a luxury car and driver.
Another Section 23 development is the Nest, four-units of executive town houses in the heart of Inglewood offered as fee-simple dwellings — no condo fees.
There is lots happening at Section 23. Ollerenshaw says, “Baywest has become part of a diverse and multi-faceted real estate organization pursuing a mission in creating dynamic, inspired built environments that foster a legacy of social connections for all generations.”
Melodie Creegan, president of Mosaic Communications, has been appointed to the national board of Ducks Unlimited Canada. At its core, the organization is all about conserving, restoring and managing wetlands. A recent study shows that we have lost 720 million birds since 1970, a greater than 40 per cent decline, but Creegan says that thanks to Ducks Unlimited, water fowl have been significantly less affected than songbirds.