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Glenco

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Is there a reason as to why they couldn’t stick say 10 stories of residential above the office portion? Yes still smaller than the original tower, but this seams like a waste of a podium that can support a 40 story tower.
There are a few.
One is the difficulty of accommodating the two separate entries, when they'll already have to redesign quite a few things just to have a corporate lobby.
Another is that CWB probably doesn't want to spend the money.
And there's some perceived value, especially in banking and finance, in having a building that is exclusively yours, especially for a head office (which I think is complete BS, as long as you're naming it).

I agree with you, that they could've made it taller, 5~10 extra floors wouldn't have hurt, and may have allowed for more imaginative design, too.
 

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Hope you're right on the estimated height. Still think HSBC Bank building will tower over this one. They could round the corners a little to add some excitement to the project.
HSBC Building is likely taller than the the tower portion, but you add the podium (which is what, maybe 18~20m?) it'll likely be a little taller than HSBC.

Also, as pointed out, CWB is a regional bank who's building up (they'll also be expanding their office space in Vancouver to accommodate expansion happening there) and this building will have 250,00 sqft of office space which is a massive undertaking for them.
For comparison, the HSBC Canada HQ, in Vancouver, has 350,000 sqft of office space and, as pointed out, they're one of the largest banking conglomerates in the world.

All in all, as much as I am a little disappointed with the height of the building, from an aesthetic perspective, I am really happy to see a homegrown bank take such a big leap and, more than that, make such a commitment to Edmonton, in a time where we seem to have so few big companies bet on keeping their head offices here.
 

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I thought that's where that sports jersey store was going? Where/when is that store supposed to happen?
The zamboni garage is there as well. Uncertain if the store is still going in still or moved to another location.
 

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It's going to be tight then with the TD, zamboni and that there... perhaps pushed out a bit towards the interior space.
 

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Is there a reason as to why they couldn’t stick say 10 stories of residential above the office portion? Yes still smaller than the original tower, but this seams like a waste of a podium that can support a 40 story tower.

In addition, while it makes sense on the surface for everything to be mixed use. Many corporate tenants don't want the residential mix with their offices.
 

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TD is going in the larger of the two spaces I believe.
Retail is going to be the Ice District Authentics storefront and 'back of house' will be storage for them I thought?

I really doubt TD would open another location in ICE DIstrict when they are currently renovating / modernizing their existing City Centre location less than 400m away. If they were closing that location and moving to ICE DIstrict, then sure, but that isn't the case here.
 

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