River Landing Village delayed again: Star Phoenix

According to a story in today’s Star Phoenix, Lake Placid Developments is seeking a one-year extension on the current deadline to complete the excavation of the building site for its proposed $200 million River Landing development.

In a letter to the city, the developer requested an extension to June 30, 2010. City manager, Murray Totland will recommend to city council on Monday that the extension be granted.

Read the Star Phoenix story here.

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Saskatoon’s River Landing Village now for sale, construction to begin soon

I received this email today stating that the title issues we previously heard about that were holding Lake Placid back on the River Landing Village project have been resolved and that construction will begin “as soon as changes are complete.”

Dear Norm,

“The legislation needed to move forward with two of the biggest private developments in the province, both slated for downtown Saskatoon, was passed this week.”

Star Phoenix, May 02 2009

We have very exciting news! We are now offering the Residences at River Landing Village for sale! For those of you that have reserved a unit, this is your opportunity to make that unit yours with a 10% deposit. If you have not reserved a unit we encourage you to visit our sales centre, as we have many great suites still available. Please call Richard or Gail at (306) 683-4350 to make an appointment.

As you may know, we have experienced delays due to the current land titles act. As you can see in the quote above from the Star Phoenix, we have overcome these issues.  In simple terms, the Government is going to allow multiple strata’s (owners and users) on a single title (parcel of land). We are very excited about this progress, and we will begin construction as soon as these changes are complete.

We hope to hear from you soon and encourage you to visit us, as suites are selling quickly!

Sincerely.

Lake Placid River Landing

The River Landing Village website is here.

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Saskatoon Milroy Apartments tenants offered first crack at converted units

Tenants of the Saskatoon Milroy Apartments received offers to purchase their units from the developer yesterday. Two of them kindly dropped me a note and I thought you might be interested in the details.


A tenant living on the 12th floor writes, “We got a package in the mail last night with the price and upgrades they are doing. Ours is priced at $315,888.09 – we have 30 days to buy and if we buy before April 10 we save a whopping 2000. This includes a surface parking spot as well. Sounds a little (alright a lot) steep for this place. They are planning on “gutting” the suite – replacing plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets, flooring, windows and appliances and upgrading the electrical service to the building and each suite. Replacing the air chiller, moving to in-suite laundry and upgrading the elevator(s).”


I love the .09 cents thing.


According to another tenant residing of the 17th floor, it will set you back considerably to move up five floors. He states that his unit is offered to him at $351,502.32.


Let’s assume that the gentleman on 17 is interested in purchasing this property and he coughs up a 10% down payment and mortgages the balance. At 5.1% over 25 years, and assuming condo fees of roughly $290 per month and taxes of $200 (a guess, but probably somewhere close), he’ll have monthly payments totaling $2,385.13. An annual income of $95,000 will be required to qualify. Thankfully, we have 40-year mortgages that allow him to qualify with just $82,000 in annual income. 🙂


Average annual income of a Saskatchewan resident – $38,636.

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Saskatoon Milroy Apartment tenants lose court challenge to halt condo Conversion

Tenants of Saskatoon’s Milroy Apartments learned Thursday of their lost court challenge aimed at stopping the condo conversion project at their building, which was approved by Saskatoon city council on January 14, 2008.


“The decision was that the court is not interfering with city council’s decision. The application to set aside the decision approving the condominium plan was denied,” said Andrew Mason, lawyer for the Milroy tenants. Mason presented his case before Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Mona Dovell on March 12 arguing that council did not correctly interpret or apply provisions in the provincial Condominium Property Act which gives municipalities discretionary wiggle room to deny applications based on low rental vacancy rates. The latest Rental Market Report released in December by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation pegged the vacancy rate in the area at just 1%, and at .6% across the city of Saskatoon.


The Milroy Apartment tenants will now have to decide if they are willing to bear additional costs, which would have to be incurred if they choose to appeal the court’s ruling.


The City of Saskatoon has agreed to undertake a review of its condominium conversion policies and city administrators have already brought a proposal of potential changes forward. The administration will present the court decision to the city’s executive committee on March 31, and according to city solicitor Theresa Dust, a policy debate will likely ensue at the committee’s April 14 meeting.

Read the story from today’s Star Phoenix here.

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon Milroy tenants have their day in court

Tenants of Saskatoon’s Milroy Apartments asked Justice Mona Dovell to overturn the City of Saskatoon’s decision to approve an application to convert the apartments to condos on Tuesday.

Andrew Mason, the lawyer representing the group of tenants who are opposing the decision argued that city council either misinterpreted the provincial legislation that governs condominium conversions, or ignored it.

Bill Davern, legal council for the City of Saskatoon maintained that council has jurisdiction to make the decision without interference from the courts, that they “fairly considered” all factors which the law requires them to consider, and that the decision to grant the application was “not unreasonable.”

Davern told Justice Dovell that 21 additional applications for conversion projects are waiting for approval and that if she decides that the courts should have the final say in this instance that it would open the door to future actions.

“I don’t know whether the court, with all due respect, is properly equipped to do that.”

Justice Dovell reserved her decision and promised to deliver a judgment as soon as possible.

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