As the city of Regina progresses with its downtown revitalization and densification initiatives – which will, in their own way, draw off the urban lifestyles of larger centres such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary – the developers of Centre Square Place are making progress on their 10-story contribution to the municipality’s efforts.

Located on Broad Street and 15th Avenue, Centre Square Place is located between Regina’s Wascana Park and the city’s downtown core. Surrounded by heritage buildings, mixed-use housing, retail, parks and bikeways, it is an ideal location for residents seeking the convenience of urban life.

A neighborhood frequented by high-profile bankers, lawyers, filmmakers and celebrities has to be exquisite. NoLita, one of New York City’s last remaining authentic neighborhoods, is no stranger to this requirement and it doesn’t dis­appoint. With its turn-of-the-century charm and high-end retailers, NoLita has become one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the Big Apple.

Developers Bob Siegel and Peter Man­ning jumped on the opportunity when a property in NoLita became available. The duo, with the help of construction manager Ryder Construction and designer Roman & Williams added to the neighbor­hood’s cachet by constructing 211 Elizabeth. The project features 15 be­spoke homes in an elegant seven-story red brick building, located on the corner of Eliza­beth and Prince streets.

Developers in Norfolk, Va., are taking part in a massive renewal effort to not just preserve, but improve the historic Ghent district. Historians are familiar with the area as a tract of land formerly known as Pleasant Point until James Morgan changed the name to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium, which ended the War of 1812. The stately homes built in the early 20th century made it a fashionable habitat for Norfolk’s upper class, but the community fell on hard times after World War II and only recently has been brought back to its former glory.

Sometimes timing can make all the difference, and nowhere is that more true than in construction – particularly residential construction. As recently as three years ago, condo developments couldn’t keep up with demand. Today, however, the market is saturated with product. So what’s a developer to do?

Marshall Weisman, owner of W Development, is moving forward. The developer is still selling luxury condos at Fifty Franklin – a mid-rise condo tower in Manhattan, which began a phasedoccupancy in June 2009.

Some businesses dried up in the wake of the economic recession, but Streetscape Partners has thrived, Vice President Howard Katz says. The McLean, Va.-based real estate and development firm specializes in residential projects in the Washington, D.C., area.

Katz co-founded Streetscape with Michael Schwalb and co-manging principals Ron D. Kaplan and Harris Schwalb in 2008. All four have extensive industry experience, Katz notes.

RAFII Architects Inc. strives to make developers and end-users smile, owner Foad Rafii says. “We like to see them both happy,” he says. “That’s our goal and we work hard towards that.

“RAFII excels at meeting the developer’s budget as closely as possible without sacrificing quality, which makes them smile, while also producing beautiful, quality homes and commercial spaces for the homebuyers and end-users,” he states. “We never claim that we are the best architects.

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