12-unit residential complex on Esquimalt/Victoria border proposed for high density Esquimalt node
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published July 6, 2020
Victoria developer Lapis Homes has proposed a 12-unit one, two and three-bedroom residential building along the 800-block of Craigflower Road on the Esquimalt side of the Esquimalt/Victoria border.
The four-storey complex is described by the developer as suitable for a car-free or a walkable lifestyle, given its location along a high-frequency transit route and within walking distance of various amenities at Vic West Village’s retail row on Craigflower Road and the West Side Village commercial centre.
“We think this building will bring some really neat folks into the neighbourhood that want to be a part of the community,” reads a description of the project by the developer. “Victoria is growing and we think this is a great location for more homes and for more people who want to live a car free [sic] or car-lite [sic] lifestyle in an amazing community.”
Planned for a property currently housing a single-family-dwelling at 812 Craigflower Road west of Arm Street, the building would mark the first non-townhome, multi-unit residential complex to be built along Craigflower Road east of Tillicum Road since the 1970s and 1980s. The span of Craigflower Road from the Esquimalt border through to Tillicum Road, and a block north and south of the thoroughfare, is one of Esquimalt’s highest density corridors with over a dozen apartment buildings already standing.
As per submitted designs, a communal rooftop component will be situated atop the woodframe structure while a covered parking area will be available at the rear of the property.
Pending approvals, the proposal is likely to get underway next year.
Meanwhile, a significant redevelopment of a Greater Victoria Housing Society seniors residence at 874 Fleming Street just south of Craigflower Road is progressing through the municipal planning stage.
If approved, the six-storey proposal will nearly double the density of an existing 77-unit seniors facility on the property. C
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