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Calgary OKs Hart mansion condo project
By SHAWN LOGAN - Calgary Sun


The historic Hart Mansion.


Patterson Heights residents are considering their options after city council yesterday approved plans to ring the Hart mansion with condos but preserve the historic building.

The latest version of the development plan, which has scaled back the number of units and building heights in response to community concerns, was accepted after the original plan was shot down in June.

The 100-year-old building will be surrounded by 13 two- to three-storey townhouses, a plan that raised the ire of some in the southwest community over concerns it didn't fit in to the neighbourhood.

Marguerite Denis, who lives near the proposed development, said the community will take a look at the new plan and decide whether to carry on its fight before the subdivision and development appeal board.

"We will have to regroup and decide if we're going to move further," she said.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier, who opposed an earlier draft of the plan, said after hearing the developer was seeking historic status for the former home of the famed wrestling clan, he was willing to give his blessing to the plan.

Ross Hart, who lives in nearby Coach Hill, said he's happy his family home would be preserved but would have liked to see a better fit with the community.

"This is obviously still very divisive for residents but I'm pleased the house will be restored," he said.

Construction is slated to get underway next summer.

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