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PREP WORK UNDERWAY – A crane works this morning on the site of the planned Mah’s Point 2 on Second Avenue.

Condo units will start at $369,500

At eight storeys, a planned condominium development will be the tallest residential building in Whitehorse – in fact, in the territory.

By Stephanie Waddell on January 17, 2018

At eight storeys, a planned condominium development will be the tallest residential building in Whitehorse – in fact, in the territory.

The mixed-use condo development – Mah’s Point 2 – will be built on the large vacant lot lining Second Avenue at the south side of Strickland Street.

The site was being prepped today for a showroom to be put in place as efforts begin to pre-sell the units.

On Tuesday, fencing was placed around the property, which had become a place to park in the downtown area.

The framing and supports for the sign that will advertise the new condominium development was also set up.

It sits almost across the street from the original Mah’s Point building at Second Avenue and Jarvis Street, also developed several years ago by Tippy Mah, who is heading up the latest project.

Realtor Marilyn Mah of Coldwell Banker Redwood Realty said in an interview this morning the goal is for construction to be finished by the fall of 2019, though that will depend on how pre-sales for the units go. Mah also headed up sales on the original Mah’s Point development.

An effort for those pre-sales is getting underway, with a website detailing the project set to go live “any day.”

Sales incentives with options for flights to Calgary or Vancouver, smart home technology or a package for closet organizers will be available for the first 10 people to pre-purchase a condo.

Like Mah’s Point, it will be a concrete and steel build, with commercial units on the main floor and 40 condo homes above.

With the exception of the four penthouse units, each floor will feature six, two-bedroom/two-bathroom homes each being an average of 1,000 square feet.

The top floor will have four larger penthouse units of two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the largest being 1,349 square feet.

Mah said three of the penthouse units have “already been spoken for.”

The final one up for grabs is a 1,236-square-foot, three-bedroom home.

Prices for the condo units will start at $369,500, she said.

Speaking to the decision of developers to build to eight storeys, Mah pointed out the city relaxed zoning restrictions in the mixed use commercial zone a few years ago.

That decision allows for more height in certain areas, including this one.

It makes sense to use the space, Mah added.

Under the city’s zoning bylaw, there are varying height limits for mixed use commercial zones in the downtown sector, depending on the specific area.

Second Avenue/Strickland Street is in an area that has a maximum height limit of 25 metres.

The area allowing for the 25-m height limit stretches from Quartz Road (between Chilkoot Way and Industrial Road) to Jarvis Street.

The area is also bordered by Second Avenue, Waterfront Place and Quartz Road to Fourth Avenue in some parts and Seventh Avenue in other sections.

The new development will feature some underground parking along with surface-level spaces.

Mah’s Point has been a success, with home owners there pleased with their units and the location, which allows many to walk to work and to errand destinations.

Mah, however, described this project as “a little notch higher” from the first development.

The new building will involve higher-end finishings and a different type of elevator that will allow for a smoother rides. A generator will also be included in the new tower.

Mah also highlighted the city-scape tenants will have as a benefit.

“They’ll all have spectacular views,” she said.

Given the current high demand for housing in the growing city, Mah commented, “the timing is right” for this project to go ahead.

The lot for the new project formerly hosted the historic Krautschneider House, which was moved to another location many years ago, and the former site of the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

That building, which became a fitness gym after the Legion moved to Alexander Street premises in the early 1980s, was eventually destroyed by fire.

Comments (17)

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Tim Fordyce on Jan 20, 2018 at 8:26 am

4 stories was enough, then 6 was snuck in by a technicality. 8 stories is just signs of greed driving buildings higher along with the profits. Where will it stop?

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i am too on Jan 19, 2018 at 2:36 pm

concerned with the parking. COW, please make sure that enough parking ( stores and condo owners) is provided by the building and no street parking spots are taken. I know you don't want us working people to use cars - but we are keeping this city alive because we are working and spending our money downtown.

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Please tell me... on Jan 18, 2018 at 10:34 pm

...why these units have to be built downtown! They are an eyesore. It is no longer pleasing to the eye. It is looking like 'condo haven' everywhere. What is wrong with other parts of the city. Parking is already at a premium at city center. All this will drive more and more people away from going to the center of town. Oh by the way this does zip to solve the low cost housing and the vacancy rate. It is meant for the government yuppies...

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Paulette on Jan 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

We do not need an 8 story building. I liked the old ways where 4 high was the limit. We are losing our Whitehorse beauty and the major wants more tax money in his pocket. He promised to keep the old charm of Whitehorse. No low income housing for single families or single people. We are loosing the old charm of Whitehorse . GET MAYOR AND COUNCILS TO TAKE CARE OF OUR WHITEHORSE NOT GETTING TO LOOK LIKE YELLOWKNIFE.

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So pleased on Jan 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm

It sure would be neat for the city to figure out the parking situation...before building condos everywhere. I think more housing (perhaps affordable would be better) is great, but no one can park downtown anymore.

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ProScience Greenie on Jan 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm

The building will be a thing of vibrant beauty and a definite draw for tourists coming to visit our beautiful wilderness city. It's way better than looking at those dull old snow capped mountains and forested hills surrounding CoW.

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Yukoner on Jan 18, 2018 at 8:40 am

This "news" really seems a lot more like advertising.

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BnR on Jan 18, 2018 at 6:33 am

More demand on the electrical grid (I'm safely assuming this will be electric heat) and still no plan for increasing renewable energy production from YEC.

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drum on Jan 17, 2018 at 11:31 pm

Were the taxpayers of Whitehorse asked if they wanted a 8 story building in their midst? We always maintained a 4 story limit to ensure that the feeling of the Yukon Valley and mountains so that all residents could see what was here - it is what we love about Whitehorse. Now we are going to start getting skyscrapers - Mahs Point 1 was 6 storys now he is pushing for a development of 8. Just because he comes from Vancouver he is now trying to turn Whitehorse into Vancouver. When did the Mayor ask us what we, the taxpayers wanted?

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drum on Jan 17, 2018 at 11:17 pm

What is so special about his developments? We seem to suck up to whatever he wants. Never before have we allowed so high - he got permission before with his first development - it was 6 storys - we have always said no more than 4. Who is he favoring?

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jack on Jan 17, 2018 at 7:55 pm

Spectacular view of what? The wall/roof of the 202?

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Colleen on Jan 17, 2018 at 6:50 pm

There had better be adequate parking because the other condos downtown do not which impacts businesses and offices having parking for their clients.

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Sandy Jamesen on Jan 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm

As a former customer from the old days, good luck Tippy!

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yukoner on Jan 17, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Spectacular views? Into the back alley of the 202 and the other Mah building? Well, for those who like it I guess. And aren't there empty condos and retail space in tower one? How many condos does our wee city need?

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Amanda Leslie on Jan 17, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Appreciate the vibrancy this development, as a further urban residential opportunity, will bring to the city. Also, appreciate going "up" vs. sprawling out.

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OldEyes on Jan 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Wow, Mr. Mah has become quite the monopolist since his early days of dice rolling in the early 80s! Rivaling the Hougens, perhaps. Materialism blesses those with an eye for opportunity. God speed to your destination, Sir.

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AL on Jan 17, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Great more gaudy condos. Just what we need downtown. As if we don't have enough of the damn things.

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