Esquimalt Town Square, condo building one, is one of two 31-unit condominium residences situated along Carlisle Avenue that comprise the redevelopment of a long-vacant property adjacent to Esquimalt's municipal hall.
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Lots of good things happening in Esquimalt; as a kid and teenager I grew up and lived in Victoria (Oak Bay, Gordon Head) in the 60's and 70's, then later coming back from living (twice) in West Side Vancouver (in Gordon Head again) and in 2001 (James Bay-Beacon Hill) and later CSV-Fairfield, I fail to understand why some people even today continue to feel the need to rag on Esquimalt.
This isn't the "pongo-ville" many of us remember so well from the 70's after all, any more than Colwood-Langford-Metchosin today is the 'dog-patch' of that area circa the same time frame. Quite rightly its been a very long time since I heard the term "Langford Dinner Jacket". Times and places change and so should people, and especially their attitudes and pre-conceived biases.
Quite aside from the redevelopments noted above including the City Hall-Townsite precinct, the old Legion and proposed towers at Head Street, and the WestBay Quay development, not to mention all the great things happening in immediately adjacent neighborhoods like Songhees, the Railyards and Dockside Green, there are some fantastic neighborhoods here that compare favorably with anything in the CRD, including Selkirk (our hood), Parklands, Saxe Point and Rockheights-Fernhill.
I saw and heard far more cop car-sirens living in, ahem, 'toney' Fairfield-CSV - not to mention in Kitsilano on YVR's hyper-expensive west side - than I've ever experienced in our neck of the woods. My immediate neighbors include a naval senior commander from CFB Esquimalt, a partner from a major law firm downtown, an architect and a provincial deputy minister - hardly the wretched refuse. The next time you're in the presence of someone who feels a need to run down the municipality "just because" you might want to remind them that 1971 is 48 years ago.....
Would the siding panels on the Oak Bay Avenue garden centre proposal be the same sort of stuff? In moderation I wouldn't have a problem with such cladding on neighbourhood projects, as long as different projects use different colours and panel sizes, etc. But methinks "in moderation" is the key phrase. For example, on this Esquimalt project it would have looked much better if the balconies hadn't been covered with it as well. Why make the cladding such an all-or-nothing bet?
Landmark development along Esquimalt Road will rejuvenate Esquimalt's commercial core and municipal precinct.