When I took photos of the Birmingham Hydro substation last weekend, I was wondering what the completed parking lot in front of the Canpar facility was for. At first I thought it was parking for the Canpar employees. It makes more sense now that I can see a shuttle bus stop in the top left of the lot.I find the whole booming self-storage trend comical. The whole reason why we're seeing the increased popularity is because developers are shrinking unit sizes/building storage space in order to increase the # of units available in buildings. Sure the # of units are increased on the one hand, but this leads to reduced land available to build anything (including residential builds).
Ironically, this is leading to more scarce land being used to build self-storage buildings to accommodate people's storage needs. Isnt this counterintuitive? Especially when developers are crying "oh we need to open up the greenbelt and allow more land to be developed". Sure a lot of self-storage buildings are built in industrial areas such as this, but others are built right around residential areas.
I respect different points of view, but my stance still remains on this one. We have a scarce resource in this city (land) which I believe could be used more optimally for uses that are far more important than permanently storing cars for a limited amount of people. Heck, even a parking garage would be of more use as it would allow for a larger share of people to share temporary car storage throughout the day. Take in point, Humber College wants to build a huge parking lot for their students (which I also believe is a waste of land) close to this area on Birmingham. Instead of using that huge swath of land, that use could be consolodated on a smaller footprint and would be used by various students/staff:
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Humber proposal in blue arrow, Car Condo storage proposal in red:
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Wow so this waste of space was actually built out already? Humber sure knows how to underuitilize their Lakeshore campus, this is a clear cheapout as they couldve located the parking under their new residence but yet the city allowed for them to waste employment land.When I took photos of the Birmingham Hydro substation last weekend, I was wondering what the completed parking lot in front of the Canpar facility was for. At first I thought it was parking for the Canpar employees. It makes more sense now that I can see a shuttle bus stop in the top left of the lot.
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