Former residents upset over demolition of Regina homes for new parking lot – Regina

New plans approved by Regina’s city council to demolish a pair of homes on Scarth Street to make way for a new parking lot are drawing disapproval from a former resident of one of the homes.

Kim Sacondiak lived in one of two houses that sat along Scarth Street between 13th and 14th Avenues. In the ’90s, she says the house was full of high energy, but now, it sits on a street surrounded by office buildings.

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“I think people might think, ‘Oh, that’s funny, to be so sad about this little house,’ but to me, it’s more than just this house, it’s the whole community, the whole town,” Sakondiak said. said “For me, every time I go downtown, I pass my little house and I’m like, ‘Oh, my house is still there,’ and it won’t be like that anymore.”

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Earlier this month, Regina City Council approved the demolition of the houses to make way for a new parking lot for an office building across the street. The parking lot will be used exclusively by the office building.

“The applicant’s property has applied for a 13-stall parking lot to replace these two homes,” said Ben Mario, Regina’s city planning manager.

Sacondiak lived in the home as a young adult for 15 years in the ’90s and early 2000s. It was her first home to live in independently and she says the planned demolition is heartbreaking.

She says she had some fond memories in the house and is very attached to it. His mother even commissioned a painting of the house for him.

“Back then, downtown was a community, it wasn’t as disconnected as it feels now,” Sakondiak said. “A lot of my earliest memories are just working downtown and then staying after work and going to different clubs or restaurants and meeting friends who also lived downtown.”

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He even remembers the house and his neighbors. That house is also to be demolished.

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“There were other friends living in the house and we were pretty tight. I remember one time our house was broken into and the neighbor came home while it was happening and she actually followed them down the street and our stereo. retrieved, so everyone really started looking for each other.

Some residents, like Bici Pierno, feel downtown Regina definitely needs more parking.

“There definitely aren’t enough parking lots and the spaces are too small,” Pirno said. “I think the city needs different solutions to where to find parking sometimes for more than two hours, for people who have meetings or appointments.”

But Sakundiak feels differently about parking lots. She says the city already has too many parking lots and has lost its vision for proper development.

“They’ve allowed downtown to become this dead place that no one wants to come to, there’s no character left, nothing downtown to attract people,” Sakondiak said. said

Sacondiak remembers most of the community being downtown when she lived there. Now, she says it’s just a shell of its former self.

“It was just a different time. When you look around you see nothing but empty lots and boarded-up houses…. I don’t think there needs to be any more parking lots downtown.

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The city says it’s aware of those conversations when it comes to parking, but they’re important.

“Parking is a fact of life, you have to accommodate it somehow,” Mario said. “Most business owners will tell you that their customers need it…, downtown, it’s definitely a controversial topic because the goal of a good urban environment is really to have a consistent and active urban frontage. “

While there is no expected date for demolition, the applicant’s estate says they would like to do it “immediately.”

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