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The tower's lower levels will contain a full-service grocery store, a childcare facility, and retail spaces.
I feel like the other part of the podium (the "daycare" and "restaurant" part) has the potential to be a real dud. Empty units for ages, that kind of thing. (I don't want to curse it but it just has that vibe, at least in the renderings it does.)
Also, are those elevated parking levels along part of the side street? Looks like it.
Being private land, I don’t think you’ll see much loitering there. Like at Uptown, it’s a path of resistance.
Has any of the commercial space ever leased on the Herald Street side of Hudson Walk?
It's too bad, but obviously it's not unexpected. We're talking about some decent commercial spaces, but the trick is getting them activated. Methinks if Chard is successful extending life a bit further north, and if Capital Iron etc. can do something decent, then it could/should all come together eventually. The other corners at Douglas and Chatham/Caledonia are huge pieces of the overall puzzle. Heck, the Powerhouse area is another big piece of the overall puzzle.
Isn't it amazing how we can contemplate another 25 to 50 years worth of redevelopment potential in just one section of a teeny little downtown in a teeny little city? The area in question encompasses several city blocks, and in order for future redevelopment to have an impact it would need to involve at least two or three dozen major new buildings? Did I mention one of the largest ground remediation projects in the country is also part of this? Good thing Victoria isn't a big place or this might take a while.
Nearly 350,000 square feet of modern office space could be added to downtown Victoria over several years.