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  1. THE WOODSY SOUTH END of Elk/Beaver Lake Park might soon look more like Beacon Hill Park: lined by a wall of apartments. Mike Geric Construction has proposed erecting two condo buildings right on the edge of the regional park, one five storeys tall, and a much larger V-shaped one around it stepping up to 11 storeys tall, providing views of the park to the north, and the Olympic mountains to the south. The project, named Doral Forest Park, would have 242 units in total. The developer says 43 would be sold at 15 percent below appraised value, and would remain affordable housing “in perpetui
  2. YOU'D THINK IT HARD TO FIT a six-storey apartment building plus eight townhouses on a single-family lot, but that’s what Aryze Developments has proposed for this site, at the corner of Normandy Road and Elk Lake Drive. Aryze hopes Saanich will rezone the 2,910 square-metre lot, currently occupied by one rundown house built in 1956, from single-family to mixed-residential. Aryze says the location is appropriate for significant density, as it’s immediately south of the Saanich Commonwealth Place recreation centre and pool, next to a major transit exchange, and about 500 metres from the Broa
  3. City divides community over car use on Clover Point FEBRUARY PROVED BLUSTERY for the city’s Clover Point and the community that loves it. For the past two years it has been a construction site for a pumping station for the region’s new sewage treatment system. The City’s park’s department recently (it seemed) decided it wanted to reconfigure the public areas as well. The initial proposal for Clover Point park/parking area was presented to City of Victoria council on February 11 by Thomas Soulliere, director of parks, recreation and facilities. It recommended permanently closin
  4. INITIALLY, the developer, Design Build Services proposed two 12-storey buildings, one fronting on to Goldstream and the other onto Fairway, with all access from Fairway. Community members in the mostly single family neighbourhood objected strenuously through a petition and letters to council. By the time the proposal reached Langford’s Planning, Zoning and Affordable Housing Committee in January 2020, the proposal was for 9- and 6-storey buildings and, by the end of the meeting, Design Build Services, agreed to two 6-storey buildings. Artist’s rendering of Design Build Services’ prop
  5. LARGE AND CO, the owner of this Dunsmuir Road heritage house, has applied for a demolition permit and rezoning to allow for a 9-unit townhouse complex on the 12,400-square-foot lot. Called Tyn-Y-Coed, the house was commissioned by Hans Price, a clerk at the naval dockyard, and designed by John Tiarks, who later worked with renown architect Francis Rattenbury and served as a Victoria councillor. Large and Co purchased the property three and a half years ago, intending to restore the house and add density around it. But they told the Times Colonist that proved
  6. Image: Artist's rendering of the development proposed for 902 Foul Bay Road Aryze Developments Inc is proposing an 18-unit, 3-storey townhouse development for a half-acre lot that has the neighbourhood pushing back, hard. Go to story
  7. DENCITI DEVELOPMENT CORP has assembled nine Downtown lots and hopes to build a five-storey 274‐unit market rental building with ground floor commercial space fronting Chatham, Government and Herald Streets. It will contain suites ranging in size from 334 square feet to 842 square feet; 143 or 52 percent are studio units; 87 units (32 percent) 1-bedroom, and 44 (16 percent ) 2-bedroom. Its development application went to the City in September 2020. In a December 2020 letter to City council, the Downtown Residents Association stated: “The DRA [Land Use Committee] encourages Council to
  8. ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2020 as the winning proposal for the City-owned “Apex Lot” on Douglas Street at Humboldt, Telus proposes to build an 11-storey largely glass-clad office building complex. It will become the telecommunication company’s regional headquarters, housing about 250 Telus employees on two floors with other floors leased, as well as making two uppermost levels available to local groups and organizations for community events. A rooftop space on what will technically be the 11th floor will also be available as an amenity. Underground parking for 127 cars and the same number of bicycles
  9. ARYZE DEVELOPMENTS INC. is planning to build an 18-unit, 3-storey townhouse complex on Foul Bay Road at Quamichan. The 22,000-square-foot well-treed site was formerly occupied by a large 1911 heritage house that burned down in late 2016. Zoned for single-family housing, it is also a heritage-designated site, meaning the developer requires both rezoning and a heritage alteration permit. Aryze proposes to remove 29 trees in total, including 19 protected under the City’s tree bylaw; they are retaining 12 trees and planting more. A neighbourhood group has formed in opposition, particula
  10. STARLIGHT DEVELOPMENTS, a North American apartment developer, has acquired all of one central Victoria block—bordered by Quadra, Yates, Vancouver and View—and half of another (Cook to Vancouver, between Yates and View). The firm’s proposal is to develop a mixed-use community with rental housing, commercial offerings, a public square and green space. It estimates 1,500 purpose-built rental homes of all sizes offered over 3 phases; nearly half an acre of public open space; and over 100,000 square feet of retail. Site coverage is 83 percent. Rezoning and OCP amendments were applied for in J
  11. J. GORDON JONES ENTERPRISES is proposing a development for the Harris Green neighbourhood. It is only six storeys but covers 89 percent of the 21,700-square-foot-lot at the corner of Vancouver and View Street, the site of a former bottling recycling depot. The developers, in late 2019, proposed to create 154 purpose-built rental units (and 41 parking stalls) aimed at tenants looking to live and work near the Downtown core. Units would range from 320 square feet to some 3-bedrooms at 900 square feet. It would use woodframe construction above ground. Incorporating Green Building features,
  12. SAKURA DEVELOPMENTS proposes to build a 15-storey, 129-unit strata building at 1150 Cook and View Streets, consisting of mostly one-bedroom condos. Among other reasons, rezoning is required for the height as it currently allows only 10 storeys. The Downtown Residents Association in a September 2020 letter to City council noted that “The proposed density for 1150 Cook is 7.78:1 while the Official Community Plan maximum is 5.5:1. The R‐48 zone does not state a specific density entitlement and instead staff have adopted a highly debatable calculation to interpret and justify ‘as of right’ de
  13. IN APRIL 2018, NVision Properties initially proposed a 9-storey purpose-built rental complex with ground floor retail space along at 1010 Fort Street in downtown Victoria’s Harris Green neighbourhood. It provided for 55 units with 10 affordable ones and zero parking. Complaints about density, set backs (lack thereof) and parking were heard and City council rejected the application in October 2018. The developer returned with a building of slightly less density and 7 parking stalls, but building height increased to 13 storeys. The staff report from June 2020 noted, “the subject site is not
  14. THE CALEDONIA will offer 158 units of affordable non-market rental housing on a long rectangle of land behind Vic High, from Gladstone to Grant Street. The developer—in this case the CRD’s Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC)—is requesting rezoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments for land they are leasing for 60 years from School District 61. In total there are five separate buildings, including three-storey townhouse rows, and four- and five-storey apartment buildings, with 117 parking stalls. Residents will be selected from a waitlist at the Capital Region Housing Corporat
  15. CHARD DEVELOPMENT is proposing the City’s first purpose‐built hotel since 2004 along Broad Street to the corner of Johnson in Old Town. It would preserve the front of one of the historic buildings on the site, the Duck’s Building, built in 1874 at 1330 Broad Street. It would also add a floor ontop of it and gut the interior. And it would demolish the 1892 former Canada Hotel at 615-625 Johnson, also on the City’s heritage registry and on the national registry of historic places. Another building would be constructed at the south end of the Duck’s Building where a parking lot now exists. Both r
  16. RELIANCE PROPERTIES has been trying to redevelop this prime 15,000-square-foot lot at 1314 & 1318 Wharf Street overlooking the Inner Harbour by the Johnson Street Bridge for over 10 years now. On it are two heritage buildings, warehouses dating back to 1860, which must be preserved. The latest versions of the proposal call for a mixed commercial and residential building with 5 storeys, with the two heritage structures functioning as the ground floor. There will be 47 rental units, with a green roof, and rooftop patios. The developer offered to sign a Housing Agreement to secure
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