First look: Westbay Quay condo dev to transform Esquimalt's West Bay community
Published September 6, 2017
Esquimalt’s seaside West Bay community is in-store for a significant makeover following the reveal of a three building, 85-unit mixed-use residential and commercial development at the eastern edge of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
Dubbed Westbay Quay
, the two, five and six-storey all-concrete complex will incorporate ocean side condominium residences with ground floor retail spaces on a property bordered by Head, Lyall and Gore streets adjacent to the West Bay Marina and Esquimalt’s harbourfront Songhees Walkway.
Developer Max Tomaszewski of Tenfold Projects says the vision behind Westbay Quay follows the company’s ‘forward living’ mantra, a concept that brings together often overlooked fundamentals of building healthy homes and communities.
“Westbay Quay will be dramatically different in terms of human scale, philosophy, history and the underlying development motivation,” Tomaszewski says, speaking to Citified
on the company’s development principles epitomized by Tenfold’s nearly sold-out The Wade
condominium in Harris Green.
“My simple belief is that real-estate development will, as a general rule, be increasingly oriented towards human wellness. We’re spending 12-to-14 hours a day in our homes, and that residence should be enhancing our health. A wellness orientation for me is a very important component that has to bring together the matrix of human health and wellness, sustainability and technology.”
Although Tenfold has not yet revealed the individual unit floor plans, the square footage of suites or pricing details, what has been confirmed is all homes will feature open concept layouts, metal framed expansive windows and swing patio doors, a variable refrigerant flow heating and cooling system, dimmer controlled recessed LED pot lights, and wireless lighting controls in kitchens and living rooms. Multiple flooring and finishing options will also be available.
The project’s ‘forward living’ wellness attributes include an alkaline water treatment and filtration system, low VOC flooring and paints for reduced off-gassing, a naturalized fresh air exchange with an air makeup system, and low-E double glazed windows to maximize unit energy efficiency. Westbay Quay’s rooftop garden areas will incorporate a drop irrigation system feeding into beds of drought tolerant landscaping with LED landscape lighting.
Additional project details will be released in the coming days. C
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