Douglas and Caledonia, affordable rental, is a proposal for a 16-storey below market rental tower with along the 700-block of Discovery Street in the City of Victoria's Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood.
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No reduction in parking?
They will wait until after public hearing then do the old rug pull.
The hotel will be torn down to make way for Chard’s larger project.
So everybody in that hotel now plans to stay for three years? I thought supportive housing in hotels was temporary.
No you will be paying for this supportive housing forever and I suspect that the costs are really going to start escalating every year as more things are added.
Chard is also no longer going to include burying power lines along Douglas Street, calling it cost-prohibitive
Do I hear any shocked gasps? Jaws hitting the floor?
August 12, 1952 (!)
...Victoria certainly paved the way for some improvement along this line when it lifted its car tracks and did away with the cumbersome street-centre trolley wire cables.
To stop there and leave this grim forest of light and telephone poles, with their overhead squirrel cages of interlaced wires everywhere, is to fail in a worth while vision. It would be manifestly unfair and impracticable to expect public utilities to bury their distributing systems unaided. Provincial and municipal help would be required; the former possibly by way of a capital-city grant, and the city directly in its own interest.
If the costs could be split three ways, and the term over which replacement work was to be done extended over a reasonably long period, much that appeared impossible initially might upon full and proper investigation be found well within the competence of this community. Planning for the future is the logical function of a town planning commission.
(aastra says: Planning, yes. Action, no.)
Once more we invite attention to this existing opportunity. Victoria, with its miles of grass and clay boulevards, should be a much easier city to convert to buried conduits than others of similar size in Canada. In the long run the cost, great as it might be, would be more than fully returned.
Would 70+ years be enough time to get the job done? A reasonably long period? Apparently not, because we're still talking about this issue in 2023, and yet still going nowhere with it.
If a project that involves three 20-story towers on half a block can't be expected to address the overhead lines issue then are we effectively saying no project could ever be expected to address the overhead lines issue from this point forward?
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