Victoria councillors have approved the latest iteration of the Jukebox Lofts mixed-use residential and ground floor commercial development at 1029 View Street.
Following initial approvals in 2011, developer Mosaic Properties re-assessed the market and returned to City Hall with refinements to the building's exterior and alterations to the unit mix in-keeping with changing market conditions. Despite staff objections to several aspects of the updated project and a recommendation to forward the proposal to the Advisory Design Panel for review, Mayor Helps and members of council emphasized that a rigorous project review had been conducted prior to Jukebox Lofts' original approval and a repeat process was not necessary.
Comprised of 214 residential units in studio, one and two bedroom configurations, homes will range between 355 and 872 square feet with approximately 6,700 square feet allocated to 11 ground floor commercial units fronting onto View Street. However, Mosaic Properties is yet to confirm whether the project will consist of rental apartments, condos, or a combination of both.
146 parking stalls will be situated on a single level of underground parking and two concrete-encased aboveground levels along the rear half of the first and second floors. 216 bicycle storage stalls will be situated on all three levels of parking together with nine stalls accessible off View Street.
In accordance with the terms of the development permit, Mosaic Properties will be required to solicit an arborist's review specific to maintenance or replacement of existing street trees, provide the City with additional details regarding the two-tier (two-level) bicycle parking system and an encroachment agreement relating to the construction of the underground parking level.
Construction will be starting as early as this winter with completion slated for late 2017 or early 2018. C
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