The eight-storey Johnson Street Gateway/Northern Junk condominium and ground floor commercial development is comprised of 103 residential units and includes a full heritage restoration of the Northern Junk buildings on Wharf Street at Johnson Street in downtown Victoria.
The proposal has been a work in progress since 2010.
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Approximately 24,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space will be included as part of the development, together with spaces in restored Northern Junk buildings.
I really liked one of the early/mid designs that was a slim mini-tower. It was elegant and made the lower massive of the site quite light and more consistent with the heights and massing of old-town, just with a subtle mini-tower in the middle set back from the base. By far the best design.
And let’s remember the sale of excess land was one of the ways of mitigating financial risk.
I went onto citified and compared the two designs / artists renderings and you're right, the mini tower was a much better fit. Ironically you ended up with much less of an impact, less of a footprint and more green space.
I suppose folks will hear "12 stories" and simply say no....without looking at the design.
Oh pish posh man...leave yer fancy pants logic and factual word games at home...it was tall dammit! That's all that matters. The end.
PS - totally agree BTW that was by far the best design but, you know....12 floors...so...the end of human civilization as we know it.
The Northern Junk project and the Downtown Residents Association get a special mention in my latest blog post.
A non-support letter from the Downtown Residents Association at odds with a community meeting will push the project's council hearing until after the election.
Reliance Properties has submitted its latest design revision for the Johnson Street Gateway development that will incorporate a heritage restoration of the Northern Junk buildings.
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