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15-storey rental tower approved for downtown's Hudson District

Artist's rendering of 755 Caledonia, phase two of the Hudson Walk development in downtown Victoria's Hudson District. The 15-storey tower will be a purpose-built rental with ground floor commercial space and ground floor townhomes. A pocket park at the rear of the building, dubbed Hudson Commons, will be created as an amenity.  Townline.

15-storey rental tower approved for downtown's Hudson District

City of Victoria council has approved a 15-storey mixed-use rental and ground floor commercial tower at the southwest corner of Caledonia Avenue and Blanshard Street in downtown Victoria’s Hudson District.

Proposed by Vancouver-based Townline, the development, known as Hudson Walk, phase two, will include six 1,200 square foot two-storey townhomes in the tower’s podium as well as 100 apartments in one and two bedroom configurations (sized between 581 and 800 square feet). 4,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space will front onto Caledonia Avenue and Blanshard Street, with approximately 3,400 square feet occupied by a future brewpub as reported by Citified in October. However, a formal rezoning proposal for brewery usage has not yet been submitted to City Hall.

Rendering of Hudson Walk, phase two, as seen from Caledonia Street.
An artist's rendering depicts Hudson Walk, phase two (left), Hudson Walk, phase one (right), currently under construction, and the carriageway between the two towers lining up with the carriageway at Hudson Place across Herald Street.  Townline.

A unique amenity associated with the project is Hudson Commons, a pocket park situated behind the tower and adjacent to the mid-block carriageway connecting Herald Street with Caledonia Avenue. In addition to a resident-only dog run Townline will provide accessible bike parking, a covered flex space, downtown Victoria's first children’s playground (with an interactive community art piece) and assorted seating throughout Hudson Commons. New trees (coniferous and deciduous), bushes and shrubs will be planted on-site in accordance with an approved landscape plan.

Two levels of underground vehicle parking for commercial and residential uses (totalling 127 stalls) will share phase one’s access off Caledonia Avenue. In addition, 142 stalls of bicycle parking will be included.

Downtown Victoria's first children's playground.
Hudson Commons, a pocket park between Hudson Walk phases one and two, will include downtown Victoria's first children's playground.  Townline.

Townline’s presentation to council emphasized how the complementary architectural design of Hudson Walk phases one and two will create a parallel contemporary look for the northern-most segment of the Hudson District. Exterior finishing will consist of brick veneer street walls, painted concrete with reveals, high quality cladding, clear glazed balconies and energy efficient windows with autumn orange colour accents to the vertical spandrels. Architectural screens on the northeast corner of phase two will include an art component with Hudson District branding (as depicted here).

Construction is anticipated to begin early next year with completion scheduled for the second half of 2017. C

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