Aquara in Victoria West is a 161-unit, 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 Vic West's Bayview Place development.
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Approximately 2,000 square feet of commercial space will be situated within this building.
Unique $88 million retirement housing project launched in VictoriaHarbourside community downtown being developed by Vancouver-based Element Lifestyle Retirement
September 5, 2019
The first B.C. retirement housing project to combine rentals and condominiums with an intergenerational concept has started construction in Victoria.
Aquara by Element is an $88 million, harbourside community downtown being developed by Vancouver-based Element Lifestyle Retirement. It is part of the Bayview master plan community in the Songhees area of Victoria West.
At full build-out, Aquara by Element will have 157 suites with 47 homes, 75 rental suites, and 35 suites providing licensed care. More than 120 of the homes will be independent and supportive-living suites.
Aquara sold or received rental reservations on 20 per cent of available condos and rentals at a pre-launch event in early August.
Element recently won an international award for its intergenerational vision for Oasis by Element, a $200 million retirement village in Langley, currently in the approval stage.
The 153,500-square-foot Aquara will include approximately 30,000 square feet of indoor and additional outdoor terrace, patios and rooftop garden for residents. The project will be completed late 2021.
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
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.