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Residential buildings planned for parking lot next to View Towers

A surface parking lot between the 900-blocks of Fort and View streets (marked in blue) is the focus of two development proposals, one a condominium project and the other a purpose-built rental.  Citified.ca

Residential buildings planned for parking lot next to View Towers
CITIFIED.CA STAFF
Updated on August 15, 2017
 
Two residential buildings have been proposed for a surface parking lot next to View Towers in downtown Victoria, Citified has learned.
 
At 930 Fort Street (between the Lund’s Auctioneers & Appraisers and the Cuban Cigar Shop buildings) Victoria-based Sakura Project Management has revealed plans for a 12-storey, 62-unit condominium tower with ground floor commercial space.
 
Sakura’s principal Dan Robbins says his concept for the site, designed by Wensley Architecture out of Vancouver, will be unveiled on May 17th at a community meeting.
 
The preliminary unit mix includes an assortment of one and two-bedroom homes, plus a limited collection of upper floor penthouses.
 
Robbins confirms a rezoning is required to permit a height increase to 12 floors. Pending a successful municipal planning and approvals process, the developer hopes to be in the ground by mid-2018.
 
However, unlike the previous proposal that saw a 14-storey residential complex spanning the entirety of the surface lot, Robbins is responsible for only half of the property while another developer has plans to build rental apartments along the View Street frontage.
 
Vancouver-based Gordon Nelson Inc. is proposing a 14-storey, 215-unit mixed-use purpose-built rental building with ground floor commercial space at 937 View Street, directly to the east of the 19-storey View Towers rental building.
 
The building will feature a "modular stacking" building technique as a means of halding the site's "severe geotechnical site soil challenges," according to the architects. 
 
The meeting for Sakura's development proposal is planned for 5:30PM at 838 Fort Street on May 17. C
 
 

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