The Customs House development encompasses a full restoration of the historic Customs House building at Wharf and Courtney streets into luxury condominiums. A seven-storey new-build wing will replace a 1959 addition fronting onto Government Street.
16,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space will front onto thoroughfares surrounding the project.
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A “work place accident” that occurred in the 800-block of Government Street has closed several intersections in the area to traffic. This building is in that block. No further details have been released and it’s possible this is an accident at an alternate location on that block. More details to come.
TC now reporting it as a death. Sounds like the worker either fell from scaffolding or the scaffolding itself failed.
Officers Investigating Sudden Death
Victoria, BC – Officers are investigating a sudden death at a workplace in Victoria this afternoon.
Shortly before 4 p.m. today Patrol officers were called to the 800-block of Government Street for a report that a man suffered potentially life-threatening injuries at a work site. BC Emergency Health Services Paramedics attended along with Patrol officers. Sadly, the victim died from their injuries.
Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and those affected by this incident. Victims Services are available by calling 250-995-7351, or 24 hours through Victim Link at 1-800-563-0808.
Traffic in the area of the 800-block of Government Street is disrupted as officers continue their investigation.
This file is in the early stages of the investigation. We will provide further updates as soon as we are able.
Not the first serious incident on this property.
Stan Sipos, CEO of construction company Cielo Properties, tells CTV News the crane was lifting form work to cast a stairwell in the building when the load dropped.
Oops. Sipos is the developer, not the contractor. The contractor is Banyan and I believe this is their first major project in the core. They are also working on a smaller project in Sidney.
The original Customs House:
What a grand old lady! How architecture of the city has gone downhill since then.
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