The heritage restoration of the Scott Building on Douglas Street at Hillside Avenue will include a repurposing of the buildings second and third floors into rental apartments. The ground floor will remain as a commercial space.
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Someone once told me the plans were for a 20-storey building, and possibly even an office component if not primarily offices (I assume after the hotel proposal went awry). Does that sound plausible?
Hotel tower and parkade:
June 28, 1983
Cash Found for On-Off Hotel
The (Island Plaza) hotel is to include an underground parkade, convention centre and 127 rooms in the first tower. A second tower is to be added later.
May 14, 1983
Disaster Strip: "Mixture of Error and Tragedy" Leaves Four Troubled Blocks
You could call it a ghost town or a disaster strip, but whatever the label, it's clearly a monument to blunders by both the federal government and free enterprise.
The score on Blanshard's unfinished monuments:
1. Island Plaza Hotel: a hole and a headache
2. RCMP building: by year's end it will be empty
3. Sheraton Victoria Park: remains half-finished
4. CBC building: never occupied, it's up for sale
I'm just wondering... has the CoV itself ever been responsible for any negative situations in Victoria? They were the geniuses who pursued the transformation of that neighbourhood in the first place.
Anyway, if you did snap that pic yourself, when you were standing there didn't you feel like the output was shaping up to be too small in comparison to the size of the site and the amount of work involved?
Any details on height for that hotel project, aastra?
Wasn't it that hole at Bay and Blanshard where there was like an open call to all Victorians to come and dump your soil in as they didn't want to pay for fill?
Victoria's historic Scott Building on Douglas Street at Hillside Avenue to be repurposed into rentals and its parking lot redeveloped.