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The project's retail spaces are situated primarily on the ground floor, with a portion on the second floor at the west side of the building.
No, they engineer for the project load. In this case they can still reengineer it for 11 storeys, without much hassle.
can you add that many floors once the foundation is poured? Is that an easy thing? Would've thought the foundation etc. was engineering for a certain amount. With developments like this would they always over engineering the foundation to be able to add floors?
There are heights that are practical to build, or economically build. Like 6, 10, 15, ish.
Construction must be starting soon, the crane is up.
But the recently approved $41 million low-interest loan for Salient Properties’ 825 Fort St. project will mean an additional storey and 14 more rental units for the project, which is currently under construction.
The funding commitment allowed proponent Robert Fung, president of the Salient Group, to petition Victoria council last month to add another floor to the project.
Fung told council the project was approved for the Rental Construction Financing Initiative money after it had been granted its rezoning approval and development permit. But he noted with that kind of low-interest loan, he could provide more affordable housing.
“Our commitments for 825 Fort achieve the deepest level of affordability available under the program, for the greatest percentage of suites, for the longest term,” he said in a submission to council. “This represents an opportunity for council to add 14 rental homes in downtown Victoria in a project that is underway in a location that permits the requested height, and in a project where financing agreements with CMHC legally obligate the project in its energy use and [greenhouse gas] emission reductions.”
Council unanimously agreed it was worth adding a storey to get the units.
The result is that the project will now be 11 storeys and 119 units rather than a 10-storey building with 105-units.
Fung has used the low-interest loan program before, notably on the same block of Fort Street, where he built a 60-unit, micro-loft project known as the Sawyer Block, which retained the historic façade of 840 Fort St.
The $15.5-million project was fuelled by a $13.25-million loan from the Rental Construction Financing initiative — a program offered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to provide low-cost financing for rental projects with an eye to developers being able to provide housing at affordable rents.
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