August 19, 2016 2:52 pm

Market Mall condo project gets go-ahead from Saskatoon city council

A proposed condo complex at Market Mall gets the go-ahead from Saskatoon city council.

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City council has given the go-ahead for a condo project at Market Mall in Saskatoon.

The 440-unit, three building complex will be built in the northeast parking lot and will include four levels of underground parking.

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Mayor Don Atchison said the idea is ingenious.

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“I congratulate the owners of Market Mall for being so visionary and being the first ones in the city to do it,” Atchison told Global News.

“I suspect you’re going to see other malls in the city probably jump on board in the future because what you’re really doing here is building in for yourself an instant clientele who are going to shop in your facility.”

Saskatoon-based RBM Architecture has been hired to design the complex for Fishman Holdings North America, the Toronto-based property company that owns Market Mall.

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There was opposition to the project, with some residents saying the complex would bring increased traffic and crime to the area.

Construction should start next spring and will take about two-and-a-half years.

Wendy Winiewski contributed to this story

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