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Old Posted Jun 3, 2020, 5:35 PM
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201 Portage lobby/main floor entrance and new BMO space renovation project well underway. Going by the project title Transform 201.





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Old Posted Jun 3, 2020, 5:47 PM
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Nice to see work underway on the lobby. I always thought 201 Portage had a perplexingly modest and closed-in lobby for what is a fairly flashy landmark office tower... it's more along the lines of what you would expect to see at the bottom of the 10-ish storey buildings that line St. Mary Ave and Broadway. One Canada Centre's lobby blows away 201 Portage. This project will up the building's game somewhat and that's nice to see. I just hope the renovated part doesn't clash too much with the original elements of the tower.
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Old Posted Jun 3, 2020, 7:58 PM
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i'm gonna miss the POMO pink tiles and dark green marble accents, though guess i'll have to swing by portage place more to see that kind of stuff.
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Not sure the best thread for this but next week the public service will be recommending a 75 cent/hour reduction in parking meter costs across the board.

I never saw any announcement on this either but today I noticed a sticker on all the meters saying the first hour is free Mon-Fri now, assuming it's for COVID. This is separate from the temporary loading zones for deliveries the BIZs made.
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Not sure the best thread for this but next week the public service will be recommending a 75 cent/hour reduction in parking meter costs across the board.

I never saw any announcement on this either but today I noticed a sticker on all the meters saying the first hour is free Mon-Fri now, assuming it's for COVID. This is separate from the temporary loading zones for deliveries the BIZs made.
You can find more details on the parking rate reduction here (item 4 on the agenda): http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/DMIS/View...onId=&InitUrl=
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Did anyone see the article about 1 Wellington condo for sale asking $3.5 million. It was owned by Asper, but who is the current owner? Sorry the link is probably paywall.

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bu...570911342.html
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Here's the listing, it looks nice. If the value was a little less I would consider it... like 3 million and change less.

https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/2...g-crescentwood
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Did anyone see the article about 1 Wellington condo for sale asking $3.5 million. It was owned by Asper, but who is the current owner? Sorry the link is probably paywall.

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bu...570911342.html
Rich people have the worst taste. It's so gaudy.
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Did anyone see the article about 1 Wellington condo for sale asking $3.5 million. It was owned by Asper, but who is the current owner? Sorry the link is probably paywall.

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bu...570911342.html
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It was sold to current owners Robert and Marta Harris in 2015 for $1.7 million, according to a property title search
From the global news article on it
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So they think it's worth over double in 3 years? That's a nice return.
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Rich people have the worst taste. It's so gaudy.
I wouldn't have expected an old school guy like Asper to do the modern minimalist thing 20 years ago... not many people were into that.

I'm sure the craftsmanship is top notch but not too many people in the under 60 crowd are going to be feeling that kind of ornate, somewhat over the top design.

That's the tricky thing with super high end custom homes... people with the money to buy it also have the money to do whatever they want to suit their tastes. It could end up being a bit like the big mansion at 1063 Wellington that was on the market for years at something like $11 million... did anyone end up buying it? Anyway, I believe that was the site of Izzy's old house before he moved into the condo and it was replaced by the current residence.
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Rich people have the worst taste. It's so gaudy.
I agree, and also from looking at other rich people listings here and there.

This statement also makes me think of the book Brave New World, where the different classes of people are conditioned to dislike the habits and tastes of the other classes. What would be a minimum wage worker would be conditioned to hate things of the doctor lawyer class would like and vice versa. But the thing is, we don't need to be conditioned, do we? The elites have a much different taste bud. That's gaudy as hell and I'd rip it out posthaste if I had the billions to throw around... Or would I? Maybe I'd like it?
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What I'm anxious for the most at 201 Portage is how it looks from the corner of P&M.

And having said that, the "Pride" painted barricades were a nice "lipstick on a pig" touch last year, but they sure look like absolute hell now along with the crumbling concrete and exposed re-bar. So dumpy...
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I wouldn't have expected an old school guy like Asper to do the modern minimalist thing 20 years ago... not many people were into that.

I'm sure the craftsmanship is top notch but not too many people in the under 60 crowd are going to be feeling that kind of ornate, somewhat over the top design.

That's the tricky thing with super high end custom homes... people with the money to buy it also have the money to do whatever they want to suit their tastes. It could end up being a bit like the big mansion at 1063 Wellington that was on the market for years at something like $11 million... did anyone end up buying it? Anyway, I believe that was the site of Izzy's old house before he moved into the condo and it was replaced by the current residence.
Style is always subjective. If I change my mindset I can just see it in a different way.

1063 is not sold yet, I just checked. It seems that super high-end custom things, not limiting to real estate, always have difficulty selling fast, and sometimes high resale value is not guaranteed. Understandably one would like to have it very akin to his or her own taste, not something left over by someone else
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And having said that, the "Pride" painted barricades were a nice "lipstick on a pig" touch last year, but they sure look like absolute hell now along with the crumbling concrete and exposed re-bar. So dumpy...
The obvious solution, of course, is to tear down the barricades....
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The Winnipeg Hotel will indeed be torn down next year, it's not salvageable. Facade will be attempted to be kept for a new building that sounds quite awesome, can't say anything yet though.
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