1221 Blanshard Street is a proposal to build a ten-storey office and retail complex on the site of the Capital Six Theatre along the 1200-block of Blanshard Street between the 800-blocks of Yates and View streets in downtown Victoria.
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Langford has built more housing in its downtown core since 2016, and that's including downtown housing built in downtown Victoria-proper, Harris Green, and periphery areas that by all accounts are more downtown than whatever neighbourhood they may belong to. Langford's downtown area is also a little bigger than its formal downtown borders, so it all evens out.
But if you listen to discussions on Twitter, it is predominantly a lamenting over urban sprawl.
Oh I haven't been following any of the discussions on Twitter...
I just think there's a lot of development in downtown Victoria in recent years and the pace has increased since I first arrived in the city in the 2000s. And there's definitely a lot in the pipeline too!
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Several councillors said the application represents a strong economic signal for the future of the city’s core.
“To see yet another new office building coming forward for council’s consideration, I think is a strong vote of confidence in the future of downtown and the future of work and offices downtown,” said Mayor Lisa Helps.
Echoing that sentiment was Coun. Jeremy Loveday, though his support came with an acknowledgment of one of the site’s current tenants.
“I’d be remiss to not mention feeling a little sadness about the movie theatre and I think there would be many people in the community that would feel the same way.”
I love the Capital 6 building as well. Although not the most beautiful building around, it still has its own unique character which is actually quite pleasant to look at. Although the new building is a nice addition to downtown Victoria, I feel there are a lot more ugly structures and parking lots that can be replaced rather than the Capital 6 building.
Can't wait to see that eyesore vanish from Blanshard.
152,000 square feet of office space with ground floor retail units are envisioned for 1221 Blanshard Street.