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New neighbours for View Towers: 277 residences slated for adjacent parking lot

An artist's rendering of the ground floor of 930 Fort Street, one of two residential towers proposed for a parking lot between the 900-blocks of View and Fort streets. The projects will deliver nearly 300-units of purpose-built rental housing and condominium suites to Victoria's downtown core.  Sakura Project Manage

New neighbours for View Towers: 277 residences slated for adjacent parking lot
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Hundreds of residences have been proposed for a large surface parking lot adjacent to Lunds Auctioneers and the 19-storey View Towers apartment complex, Citified has learned.
 
Vancouver-based Gordon Nelson Inc. has submitted a development proposal for a 215-unit purpose-built rental building immediately to the east of View Towers at 937 View Street.
 
The 14-storey complex, designed by de Hoog Kierulf Architects, features a multi-storey atrium and a 'beehive' or octagonal motif along the shaft of the tower. A single level of above-ground parking will accommodate 19 vehicles.
 
Construction of the building will utilize a "modular stacking" technique in response to the site's "severe geotechnical site soil challenges," according to the architects. The technique will also allow builders to create variation in the placement of the units and yield a non-uniform building façade.
 
The unit make-up will comprise of studio apartments and suites with one or two bedrooms. A single commercial space will front onto View Street.
 
On the opposite end of the lot at 930 Fort Street Victoria-based Sakura Project Management has unveiled plans for a 12-storey condominium complex with 62 one and two-bedroom units.
 
The mid-rise tower, designed by Wensley Architecture, will accommodate groundfloor commercial space and a two level underground parking component. The exact number of parking stalls have not yet been confirmed, however.
 
A unique aspect to the design is the use of multi-colour LED lighting that will illuminate a portion of the building exterior at night.
 
Both proposals are currently making their way through the municipal planning process and are expected to receive approvals by late 2017 or early 2018. Construction is anticipated to begin by mid-to-late 2018.
 
The surface parking lot between View and Fort streets was once the site of a plan to build a 17-storey condominium complex that would have seen a low-rise component front onto Fort Street and the tower front onto View Street. Councillors ultimately voted down a shorter concept, reduced from 17 to 14-storeys, in 2012. C
 
 

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