The Apex Site property on Douglas Street at Humboldt Street in downtown Victoria, also known as the 'Budget Lot,' is the focus of a redevelopment effort known as TELUS Ocean, an innovation and employment hub for 250 TELUS employees, ground level retail space, and six levels of leasable office space.
The City of Victoria-owned Apex Site property was the subject of an early 2017 bidding process between six proponents. The City of Victoria opted to proceed with a development planning process and a land sale that ultimately saw partners Aryze Developments and TELUS co-operate on the TELUS Ocean concept.
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My understanding is that it is not the old West Corp offices although that is a logical guess/assumption for that area.
I’m going to assume plenty of people are not thrilled about driving to Central Saanich?
There are certainly lots of internal conversations happening for sure :). I don't know all the details in terms of a timeline for possible return to work, or the details of a probable hybrid home/office option, so I'm not in a position to comment.
The bus commute would not be ideal as that would be a 2-bus hop for me connecting from Selkirk to downtown then out to the peninsula. Given BCT's well known staffing issues and 'phantom' buses that seemingly never show up when you need them most, the prospect is potentially problematic. Also I moved back from Vancouver 21 years ago and hoped my true commuting days were long over. A few years of back and forth between Richmond and d/t Vancouver and for awhile North Burnaby to d/t Vancouver was more than enough for me. In the last two decades in YYJ my longest commute each way was maybe 20 minutes. Less than half that though for the vast majority of my time back on the rock.
However we have several months yet so I'm happy to just sit back and wait until more information is communicated to us. Its a great gig with an excellent employer and benefits and pension most people can only dream about, so I'm thankful for all that and personally not that fussed.
For those of you that don't live in the downtown core and would like to check on the progress of the TELUS Ocean building, see my YouTube channel by clicking on this link https://youtube.com/@telusocean and please subscribe. I am streaming live 24/7 and recording the daytime construction weekdays. I posted one time-lapse video from July 18 and may post more in the future but I'd like to compress longer periods of time, perhaps a month into a few minutes. This would be time consuming work because I am only recording video and not taking snapshots that can be joined together. I set the camera to this narrow portrait orientation so that I don't have to make any adjustments as the building rises to its full height. Enjoy! -Tim
I'm a little late, but thanks Green! I've been hoping to go down there sometime to see the site status for a little while, but now I can check it whenever thanks to your livestream. :)
It's exciting to see construction activity happening in this area again - takes me back to when the Falls was being built...
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