Proposal for 137-room Broad Street hotel to include bee habitat, car elevator
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published September 17, 2019
The six-storey complex – incorporating the historic Duck’s Building at 1314-1324 Broad Street (built in 1892), a replacement of the Canada Hotel at 615-625 Johnson Street (built in 1874) and a new-build wing to the south of the Duck’s Building at 1312 Broad Street – has been re-envisioned with altered façades.
Chiefly among the changes is the introduction of vertical design elements and ground floor improvements on the south and north wings. The Duck's Building will feature four levels of hotel rooms above a commercial ground floor, as will the new-build portion. The new Canada Hotel wing fronting Johnson Street will rise to six levels. The Duck's Building will see an addition of a stepped-back top floor and the Canada Building will expand by four levels, with the sixth floor recessed.
137 hotel rooms will be managed by what Chard Development describes as “a well‐known international flag” operator with a “commitment to procuring locally‐sourced products in all aspect of the hotel operation, from artwork, to furniture, to the soaps in the guest bathrooms.”
The hotel will feature a bee habitat, something also planned at the under construction Wade condominium development
in downtown Victoria, and landscaped roof areas.
The economic impact of the hotel’s operation is estimated to reach $5.9 million and result in the creation of 40 direct jobs while 85 full-time jobs are expected as a broader impact of the hotel’s operations and activities by visitors.
$2 million in taxation revenue for all levels of government is budgeted, with $900,000 in municipal taxation contributed from the hotel operation and its guests.
Two car elevators installed as part of the Duck’s Building’s rehabilitation will lessen the visual impact of street-front vehicle entry and exit lanes while reducing the space typically allocated for interior ramps. 36 vehicle stalls will be included.
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