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THE developers of a controversial Osborne Village condominium project will begin marketing the condos next week, even though they don't know for sure if the project can proceed.
Last fall, a small group of neighbourhood residents went to Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench in a bid to overturn city council's decision to approve demolition of 102-year-old Dennistoun House and three other houses on Roslyn Road to make way for the 73-unit condo development (The Dennistoun). Although the appeal has been heard, the judge hasn't yet handed down a decision.
A spokesman for the main developer -- Winnipeg's Sunstone Resort Communities -- said there's no way of knowing when the judge will deliver his decision.
"He could decide next week or it could take months," said Bill Cody, Sunstone's vice-president and general manager.
In the meantime, Sunstone will start pre-selling the condos so it's ready to proceed if and when the project gets the green light.
Cody said the developers, which also include the FWS Group of Companies and Susan and Jonathan Feldman, need to pre-sell 25 to 30 of the units.
"We're hoping the judge will make his decision within the pre-marketing period," he said.
If they hit their sales target and the court challenge is dismissed, construction would begin next spring, with the condos ready for occupancy by fall 2012.
Cody said the buildings on the site won't be demolished until the pre-sell target is reached and the project gets the go-ahead.
Four area residents have challenged council's June 24, 2009, decision stripping Dennistoun House of its historical designation and approving demolition of the four properties.
They contend the decision was made without proof the house could not be repaired, and without an independent structural engineering report.
The development, which would be built north of the Canada Safeway store on River Avenue, includes seven "terrace" condos fronting onto Roslyn Road, and a 12-storey building immediately behind. The highrise building will house the other 66 units.
The terrace condos would be 1,000 to 1,150 square feet and the highrise condos from 790 to 1,200 square feet. Prices range from $259,000 to $432,000.
Cody said that style of development, with terrace condos along the front of the property and the highrise behind, is popular in larger cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
"There will be seven front yards (facing the sidewalk)... so it's much more friendly from a pedestrian scale," he said.