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Buyer Beware

Former grow op homes are a tough sale

Grow OpMarijuana grow operations — or grow-ops— can cause serious damage to houses.

Even though these properties can be remediated and brought back to good living standards, owners and realtors have trouble selling them. This is because they are labelled as stigmatized property and most banks will not offer a mortgage. While real estate agents agree that something needs to be done about this problem, there is concern about the having government deeply involved in real estate transactions.

According to a 2009 report prepared for the Alberta Real Estate Association, the damage caused by grow ops to a property can include everything from holes drilled in the foundation, ventilation systems being installed in stairs and ceiling, mould growth and rotting structures. Indoor air quality is also a major concern.

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Calgary City Council moves secondary suite reform ahead

Council tackles stereotypes, discrimination and myths about secondary suites with facts and statistics

Studio-North-DesignThumb2Impassioned debate over secondary suite reform concluded Tuesday with a 9-6 vote by city councillors to approve a contentious first reading of a land use bylaw for Wards 7, 8, 9, and 11 aimed at streamlining the approval process by creating supplemental rental units.

Both sides dug their heels in for a 10-hour clash at city hall between conservative assumptions and whimsical reasoning on the issue of re-zoning low-density areas in the city's four core districts. This decision will affect 83 communities.

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Secondary suites may find a home in Calgary

Council considers streamlining process to let inner-city homeowners build new units

City HallCalgary could see the start of a new chapter in the development of secondary suites if, after a public hearing, city council approves amendments to the issue on Tuesday.

If the amendment is adopted, the city would be divided into two zones. The process for the construction of secondary suites would be streamlined in Wards 7, 8, 9 and 11 — Calgary's inner core. This includes areas such as Kensington, Dalhousie, 17th Avenue, 4th Street, Inglewood, Lincoln Park and Chinook Park.

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Age before modern beauty: Calgary’s heritage buildings benefit the city, says president of Heritage Property Corporation

A lack of heritage preservation is becoming a growing concern for Calgarians

ThumbSnowdonBuildingFor a long time, the C.C. Snowdon building looked like any other building on 11th street SE. Named after businessman Campbell Camillus Snowdon, it was built between 1911-1914, used as a refinery and featured large windows and three massive safes built into the walls.

Over the years, it was painted white, and the warehouse suffered extensive damage from a fire that occurred in the 1980's. Although tenants still used the office space, the building clearly had seen better days.

Luckily, Heritage Property Corporation saw potential in restoring the historical building. They have taken the white paint off of the brick, rebuilt the old warehouse and are adding in other features to fuse in the old with the new. By maintaining the character of the structure, Heritage Property Corporation has found a way to maintain a piece of Calgary's history.

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