4512 West Saanich Road is a proposal to build an 18-storey mixed-use affordable rental, market rental, condominium and retail tower along the 4500-block of West Saanich Road at Viewmont Avenue in the District of Saanich within Victoria's urban core.
The development is situated in the location of the Med Grill restaurant, and includes a heritage building adjacent to the restaurant space that will be restored as part of the project scope.
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In a perfect transit world, you don't have lots of buses sitting around at an exchange. They are in and out quick.
The developer may indeed be serious, but IMO tone-deaf proposals like this don't help move the densification argument forward.
I support densification, but it really does have to be proposed as a realistic project in an area that either already is seeing densification, or as a large scale project that fits (height wise) into what's already in place.
Trying to overcome the limitations of a tiny land lot by reaching for the sky, in what is essentially a very low-rise neighborhood seems more than a bit optimistic to say the least.
In short, Royal Oak (and any area like it in the CRD) is never going to become the West End of Vancouver ... so developers have to propose projects that don't anticipate (pretend?) they're constructing the start of the next West End.
Saanich approved the 11-storey Marsen project just up the road from this site and the building footprint is huge, and still reaches 11-storeys. Further south you have a 10-storey proposal that is also sited with a very large footprint.
BC Housing-backed affordable rental and market housing tower proposed for Saanich’s Med Grill property
101-unit rental and condominium project will also encompass restoration of adjacent heritage landmark.