Parkway is a proposal to restore the two-storey Wellburn's Market building at the intersection of Cook Street and Pandora Avenue and to construct a low-rise new-build residential building on the market's adjacent parking lot along Cook Street.
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I just don't see why the little section along the street needs to seem so somber. You get my meaning? Is the long-term goal to de-quirkify that part of Cook and make it super straight-laced or something?
I like the new build, and the material palette works well with the massing and articulation. It's the restoration of Wellburn's that I don't like. Keep it red. Or go full quirky and take a page from Lower Johnson. Even a dark grey if the monochrome design is important to the developer. It just needs something to better distinguish it from the rest of the building.
Very brutalist and imposing. Should be a good fit for the new neighbourhood.
Brutalism is fine when done right, and what really makes or breaks brutalist buildings is the landscape design. The concept from the CALUC did a better job showing this.
I don't mind the look but that mid block pass through to the park is problematic. There should be windows in there or it going to turn badly.
It's not shown in the renderings, but the pass through is gated. The entire wall of the new build commercial unit is glazed, and then the ground floor residential units also have some glazing. The restored building definitely needs some punch outs or at least a mural.
Cross section showing the pass through
Cook Street elevation
...The restored building definitely needs some punch outs or at least a mural...
It really should have some colour.
Save-On-Foods, 600 upcoming residences set new course for North Park's and Harris Green's Pandora Avenue
Downtown Victoria's Pandora Avenue corridor is slated for big changes as developers focus in along the under-developed thoroughfare.
Rental apartments and modern commercial space will replace the aging Caption Building and its adjacent surface parking lot.
The North Park neighbourhood's 107-year-old Wellburn's Market building is in-store for remediation as part of a redevelopment effort.