3949 Shelbourne Street is a proposal to build a six-storey, 76-unit purpose-built rental building with two ground floor commercial units.
The property was formerly used as a Shell gas station.
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The double-level ground floor makes for a vibrant street presence. Compare that to this 1970s-era project just east on McKenzie.
Not just a parking lot between the street and the building, but it's half-subterranean as well! Ahh, but there is a meter-wide grassy boulevard, so it's all good.
Alright, I take back what I said. That rendering makes it look pretty great for that corner.
Really great looking building.
I'm trying to make sense of the design though. Those white blocks that extend from the balcony area make for a small and oddly shaped room.
Those cubes look cool but I think it's a mistake to have to them on the cold and dark north-facing side of the building.
200+ bike lockers. a shared car. A bus shelter built into the building.
Proposal to build 78-units of rental apartments and commercial space at a key Saanich intersection is one of several major projects eyed for the area.