Aquara in Victoria West is a five-storey seniors rental apartment and condominium complex with 35 licensed care suites planned for a site situated below a rocky outcrop along the southeast edge of the Vic West neighbourhoods Bayview Place development.
Excavation began in 2018 and completed in 2019.
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Approximately 2,000 square feet of commercial space will be situated within this building.
Quite a few different versions of the exterior in those pics? If the model represents the final version then it would seem to be a fair bit plainer than the earlier concepts.
My recollection from some of the earlier presentations is that they intend to bring/welcome the community into the facility. This is an attempt to normalize the building life rather than making it an institutional setting.
They're still working on the last of the rock removal and slope stabilization. A few months ago a neighborhood circular stated that they didn't expect to start actual construction until early into 2020.
Is the patio cafe and bistro public?
Hard to say without a formal announcement by the Element folks. The property zoning allows a maximum 2,045 SF of commercial space on the ground floor only, and the various dining areas are fairly open concept and significantly in excess of that maximum. If they were able to limit the public to only the bistro then they wouldn't run in to bylaw compliance issues, as the bistro area is only 1,600 SF
What I imagine is most likely is that residents are able to bring guests.
The DP drawing set is still online, here: https://pub-victoria.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=28951
The trailer has been repainted. There have been one or two people there most days. In this picture you can see one person strengthening the fence that had gone wonky during the last windstorm.
Apologies for the upside down picture... an Android bug on the Pixel. Killing exif data is painful.
Slated for the Songhees neighbourhood in Vic West, Bayview's upcoming tower will feature over 180-units and mark the first phase of Bayview's Roundhouse component.