1555 McKenzie Avenue is a proposal to redevelop the McKenzie Professional Centre into a six-storey rental and commercial project along the 1500-block of McKenzie Avenue at Shelbourne Avenue in the District of Saanich within Victoria's urban core.
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The application proposes to rezone the area of the former McKenzie Professional Centre from general commercial to neighbourhood mixed-use and construct a six-storey rental apartment building with commercial space at ground level and underground parking.
The building itself would contain 372 apartments, 12 townhouses, one level of underground parking and almost 2,000 square metres of commercial space. It would include a mixture of unit types and sizes – from micro suites to three-bedroom units. Public plaza space with seating and an art feature is also proposed at the intersection of McKenzie Avenue and Shelbourne Street.
Doesn't look like 8 though.
What's happening here?
Farmer is currently building McCallum Lands in Langford with Starlight Developments, the region’s largest residential housing development with four, six-storey wood frame buildings containing 597 rental units.
Farmer also has upcoming projects with Nicola Wealth, including Spencer Block in downtown Victoria scheduled to start this summer, and McKenzie Centre in Saanich, scheduled to break ground in early 2024.
This isn’t technically approved yet, is it?
Wow the old neighborhood (from 1965-72) sure is changing; the parkade in the McK professsional building was the scene of my loudest ever hallowe'en bang....multiple sticks of ladyfinger firecrackers bundled together with a roll of hockey tape. Made a hell of sound too. Certainly a different landscape than the greenhouses, horse farms and groves of trees it was before 1968 when there was no mall, no professional center or in fact a McKenzie avenue, lol.
Alex Messina speaks to Victoria's draw among institutional rental housing providers, and the region's economic resiliency.
Six-storey proposal is envisioned for the site of McKenzie Professional Centre immediately south of University Heights Shopping Centre.