Amacon's new development proves to be very pet-friendly, sparks new wave
in condo development trend
VANCOUVER, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - It's a dog's life no more - at least for
"urban" pooches whose owners are wise enough to buy a home in Amacon's The
Beasley Residences in the heart of the city.
Amacon is blazing a brave new world for oft-maligned city canines and is
believed to be the first developer in Canada to incorporate a "doggie run" in
its $150 million, 33-storey 211-unit tower now under construction at the
corner of Homer and Smithe.
The "pets wanted" sign is definitely out at The Beasley Residences!
Animals, especially dogs, and inner city living have never been easy
riders but Amacon believes the old pet taboo thinking has to go the way of the
Bruno will think he has died and gone to that great kennel in the sky
when he sees the outdoor doggie run Amacon will incorporate in its 8th floor
"Vancouver is such a pet-friendly city," says Amacon Vice President of
Development Richard Wittstock. "It only made sense for us to appeal to that
niche when planning The Beasley," he said.
"Owning a pet provides a terrific social aspect to new buildings. It
gives owners a nice relaxed environment to meet and talk with their neighbors,
which in turn provides a sense of community," Wittstock says.
Doggie spas, dog runs, dog showers and grooming facilities have already
become high-rise staples in cities like Washington, Seattle and New York and
now Vancouver is joining the "international urban kennel club set."
Canadians are as attached to their pets as anywhere else in the world yet
until now dog owners seeking the urban lifestyle have been put in the
unenviable position of siding with Fido and forgoing that nice downtown
condominium unit they desire. "
Roughly one-half of all households in Canada have at least one pet with
the average Canadian spending over $300 per year to feed and care for them. A
University of Guelph study estimates Canadian pet owners will spend roughly
$3 billion annually on food, veterinary care and supplies for their pets in
That's a lot of "Kibbles'n Bits," not to mention financial clout and
Amacon feels dog owners should not be forced to compromise when it comes to
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