Future-Proofing Underground Condo Parking

Declining demand for zoning-mandated underground condominium parking has Toronto developers and architects talking about ways to design flexible sub-surface spaces to accommodate the possibility of alternate future uses.

“Gridlock has become so crippling — and the cost of keeping a car in the city so crazy — that developers are increasingly finding the lowly parking spot not only a tough sell, but an undesirable amenity, in many urban condo projects,” writes Susan Pigg.

“That’s why [architect Leslie] Klein has started urging some developers, with projects still in the planning stages, to consider adding light and height to each parking level, beyond the two-metre height minimum required by city planners.”

“’Down the road, empty space could be converted to, say, meeting and storage facilities or even…light manufacturing space or artists’ studios,'” says Klein.

Full Story: COST OF GRIDLOCK: Is that condo parking spot becoming an albatross?

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