The eight-storey Johnson Street Gateway/Northern Junk condominium and ground floor commercial development was envisioned to include 103 residential units and a full heritage restoration of the Northern Junk buildings on Wharf Street at Johnson Street in downtown Victoria.
The proposal had been a work in progress since 2010 and was cancelled in 2019. A rental concept has now been envisioned for the site.
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Approximately 24,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space will be included as part of the development, together with spaces in restored Northern Junk buildings.
The Belmont Building, the Bay Centre, the Central Building, the Yarrow Building, the Empress of course, City Hall, Swans, the Regent Hotel, the Duck’s Building, the Federal Building, etc. There are many buildings already present which would have been on the same if not a larger scale than the various Northern Junk proposals.
I completely agree that this iteration is the best use of the Northern Junk property. It fits in with the scope of the waterfront in that area, and leaves the bridge delta exposed. Much better. That said, it may be wise to leave the piece of public property fallow for the time being, until this Council are long gone. What should go in that space? I would love to hear creative ideas.
To be clear, the City doesn't own:
- Ogden Point (GVHA)
- International Maritime Terminal (aka the Coho & Clipper terminal properties) (GVHA)
- the lower Wharf Street parking lots (Province)
It only owns Ship point and the surplus lands that have just come available around the Johnson St bridge. And yes I'd agree what has been done to date re. the surplus JSB lands is underwhelming but I am aware that these areas are far from complete. see link to festival Park- https://www.johnsonstreetbridge.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/WestPlaza-FestivalPark-1.jpg
Although- I'd agree the surplus lands could be better utilized. On another note- the same ol rhetoric about an incompetent City does nothing to help advance design competency City Wide. In fact, I think it does the exact opposite and until that changes- nothing else will.
...It only owns Ship point and the surplus lands that have just come available around the Johnson St bridge. And yes I'd agree what has been done to date re. the surplus JSB lands is underwhelming but I am aware that these areas are far from complete...
Based on what has been developed to date I see no reason to be optimistic about the future of this or any other public realm space in which the CoV has any influence.
It's not the "same old rhetoric". It's a fear of what may be done, out of gut feelings or dogma, that will affect Victoria for many, many years to come. Some of what Council has done is working...some was rushed through before being fully thought through. The space we're talking about, has to be framed by the redevelopment of the Northern Junk buildings. Let's just see how it looks, and how the new bike lanes along Wharf are working, before any decisions are made.
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