All 274 condominium units at Calgary’s Mark on 10th are sold more than a year before anyone can move in, as activity continues to heat up in the city’s Beltline district.
Mark on 10th is located on the corner of 10th Avenue and 8th Street SW in the Beltline’s emerging design district, just one block from the downtown core and three blocks from the +15 network of more than 60 pedestrian skywalks that link numerous buildings throughout downtown Calgary. It’s within three blocks of a light rail transit station and is on major bus routes in and out of the core.
While the 35-storey Mark on 10th is primarily a residential building, it also has office space available on the second floor and retail space at street level.
The offices, which will be serviced by a separately entranced elevator lobby, will be leased at market rates. A rooftop patio will be reserved for office tenants’ exclusive use.
Barclay Street Real Estate, a locally owned full-service commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm, is responsible for office leasing.
Taurus Property Group — which is responsible for the merchandising, marketing, new leasing and renewals for more than 20 Alberta properties — is leasing the retail space that will front on both 10th Avenue and 8th Street SW, which have high volumes of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Lease rates are in the $14 per square foot range and there are 11 retail parking stalls.
Qualex-Landmark’s fifth Beltline development
“The Mark development will offer the live, work, play environment where residents will be able to live in a great building with great amenities, walk to work and enjoy all of the services of the neighbourhood,” says Roger Navabi, founder and president of the building’s Vancouver-based developer, Qualex-Landmark.
Qualex-Landmark is an award-winning developer that specializes in residential mixed-use communities in British Columbia and Alberta. Mark on 10th is the company’s fifth residential development in the Beltline, joining the already completed 168-unit Calla, 218-unit Luna, 188-unit Nova and 161-unit Stella.
Mark on 10th will feature high-speed elevators, keyless entry systems, concierge services, nightly security, bike storage, and a heated underground parking stall and storage locker for each unit.
Rafii Architects Inc. designed the building in partnership with BKDI Architects and Durante Kreuk landscape architects, while Trepp Design Inc. is the interior designer of the one- and two-bedroom units that range in size from 452 to 1,496 square feet and in price from $200,000 to more than $370,000. Units include oversized windows, open-air balconies and patios, cutting-edge technology ports, gourmet kitchens and soaker tub bathrooms.
The building was constructed by the ITC Construction Group.
High-rise common garden
A third-floor green space will be one of the largest residential high-rise common gardens in the city. It will have southwest exposure and include a lawn, overhead shade trees and a pedestrian pathway network with seating.
“When we looked at the location and geography of the site, we realized that there were two things that we wanted to achieve,” says architect Foad Rafii. “One was to make our building visible and also make the best of the views of the city lights and downtown for our residents.”
Mark on 10th’s rooftop will feature an elevated hot tub, sunbathing patio, outdoor barbecue and raised fire pit while providing panoramic views of downtown, the Rocky Mountains, the Bow River and Calgary Stampede Park.
Inside, there’s a fully equipped fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment, sauna, steam room and private changing rooms. A lounge will come with a wet bar, wireless Internet, media centre, billiards table, seating for gatherings and a cantilevered enclosed glass mezzanine that sticks out from the tower and gives the building the design “edge” and modern look Rafii was seeking.
Novelist Douglas Coupland, probably best known for his 1991 book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, is also a visual artist and designer. He’s adding his own edge to Mark on 10th with his first large-scale public artwork in Alberta. The lobby installation, “Interpretation of Calgary, Alberta in the 21st Century,” is approximately five metres (16.4 feet) high and wide.