Uptown Shopping Centre's final phase of construction is proposed as a residential highrise with retail spaces, at Carey Road and Ravine Way in the District of Saanich within Victoria's urban core.
Note: the tower's design is undergoing changes to its 2016 approved design to conforn to higher densities and building heights envisioned by the District of Saanich as part of the Uptown-Douglas Plan. The data and details contained within this profile are subject to change. The initial proposal was approved for 11-storeys, with 134 residences.
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The 2016 design envisioned 55,510 square feet of commercial space across two levels.
...Old man Pendray was known to loose a few cows every year to the quicksand (mud actually) at the edge of the lake...
Do cows stuck in quicksand still produce methane? Maybe two global problems can be solved at once here.
Ha! I’m going to go with none.
The green area at the bottom of your picture was the original Pendray Farm that produced and sold milk. (since relocated out by the airport)
Old man Pendray was known to loose a few cows every year to the quicksand (mud actually) at the edge of the lake. He saved a few by pulling them out with his tractor.
My grandparents lived two blocks away from Swan Lk for over 40 years; I heard the Pendray 'cow story' but no one was sure it wasn't an urban legend...I guess it wasn't! To keep us kids in line when we were small we were also told the lake was the result of glaciation and that it was over 900 feet deep. Which naturally we believed. Imagine my disappointment later to find out its maximum depth is actually only about 20 feet. Bummer.
Actually it really was a full blown 'proper' lake up until the mid-70's when massive algae blooms resulted from decades of pesticide and especially fertilizer runoff going directly into it from local farms as far away as the Blenkinsop Valley, as well as runoff from at least two wineries which discharged thousands of kilograms of sludge from the wine fermentation process directly into the lake; in addition to periodic sewer discharges from a Saanich treatment plant at McKenzie and Quadra. All those nutrients being introduced into the ecosystem resulted in the wetland-overgrowth we see today.
Yet even today in its significantly reduced state its winter flood plain almost quadruples the water surface area to close to 80 acres according to the Swan Lake Nature sanctuary. Fifty years ago (yes I'm old) I remember as a very young yard ape the lake being closer to that latter size virtually all year round.
24-storey Uptown residential tower in Saanich taps Uptown-Douglas Plan's call for taller buildings, higher densities
Over 350-units of housing envisioned in updated plans for final phase of Uptown Shopping Centre.
Final phase of Uptown Shopping Centre re-envisioned to align with Saanich's new Uptown-Douglas Plan
Proposal for Uptown's fourth phase of construction has changed following Saanich's nod to higher residential densities.
High-profile lot on Douglas Street at Saanich Road adjacent to Uptown mall eyed for redevelopment
A two-storey commercial building has been proposed for a high-profile property in Saanich.
Victoria's first BC Cannabis Stores dispensary seeks public hearing support in Saanich
Capital's first BC Cannabis Stores outlet could be coming to Uptown Shopping Centre, pending municipal approvals.
Japanese-inspired low-cost retailer Miniso to open at Uptown Walmart
Miniso will open its first Vancouver Island store in the Saanich Walmart.
Bowling alley with 636-seat two-storey restaurant proposed for Uptown Shopping Centre in Saanich
A two level entertainment complex complete with a bowling alley, a recreational turf and hundreds of seats is planned for Saanich.
Support pillars at Uptown Shopping Centre's parkade draw attention - here's what's happening
The addition of support pillars in a section of parking at the busy mall raised eyebrows over the weekend, but there's no need to worry, mall management says.
Discount apparel retailer Premium Label Outlet coming soon to Uptown Shopping Centre
Premium Label Outlet, similar in concept to Winners and Designer Shoe Warehouse stores, is opening a location in Saanich this fall.
14-storey Uptown Shopping Centre rental tower to get underway in 2017
The last phase of Uptown Shopping Centre, consisting of a residential tower and retail space, has been approved by Saanich council.
Tallest building in Saanich planned for Uptown Shopping Centre
An 11-storey rental tower with over 55,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space is planned as the shopping centre's last phase.
PetSmart opens at Uptown Shopping Centre
The pet supply retailer has opened at Uptown Shopping Centre between Michael's and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Trans Canada Highway/Carey Road connector to streamline Uptown access
Motorists heading northbound along the Trans Canada Highway will soon gain direct access to Carey Road and Uptown Shopping Centre's Whole Foods grocery store.
Update: 134 rental residences planned for 11-storey tower at Uptown Shopping Centre
Uptown developer has submitted updated information regarding the shopping centre's residential component.
Nine-storey rental building planned for Uptown Shopping Centre
Some 100 apartments above a ground floor of commercial space are planned as the shopping centre's fourth phase.