A proposal to redevelop the Victoria Plaza Hotel in downtown Victoria will include a six-storey new-build wing fronting onto Pandora Avenue and the addition of two-storeys above the historic four-storey hotel fronting onto Government Street. A total of 100 residences are envisioned along with ground floor retail space.
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I don't blame them. What a cold, bland design. It looks too much like the CRD Building in Centennial Square, which is certainly not what I would want in a condo building. The aqua windows are hideous and I didn't think aqua glass was even a thing anymore. The Government Street side is fine. This is badly in need of redevelopment, but it needs to be right.
This application apparently got thrashed at today’s ADP- February 27,2019. Recommended to decline because none of the recommendations the ADP made last time it was before them were made.
Love to see something in this spot - just not this.
Have you seen the new drawings? The most recent drawing package isn't on the Dev Tracker, so I can't pass judgement yet. Based on the staff report it seems watered down. The developer was asked to address the following:
a. brick needs to be the primary material in context with the building across from the site, Chinatown and the McPherson Theatre. Replace the masonry with brick, or at least a masonry pattern.
b. increase the degree to which the contemporary additions along Pandora Street and the key corner element are compatible, distinguishable, and subordinate to the heritage-designated Plaza Hotel and integrates with the rest of the new building.
c. consider a simplification of the built form, materials, scale, rhythm and window openings within the historic district and the Chinatown National Historic District to add coherence of the proposal.
I am becoming more and more convinced that the ADP does more harm than good when in comes to new buildings in the CoV.
I didn't realize, but Pam Madoff was appointed to the Panel in January. Her architectural expertise is better suited for ADP than at Council, as it means she'll have constructive input earlier on in the application process.
Still waiting for the new drawings, the Dev Tracker has not been updated.
A redevelopment proposal for downtown Victoria's Plaza Hotel will include 100 condominium residences, a restored hotel frontage, and ground floor retail space.