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Oak Bay Avenue's Garden Works retail strip eyed for redevelopment into condos and modern storefronts

An artist's rendering of 1908-1920 Oak Bay Avenue, a four-storey residential and commercial development proposed for a retail strip home to a Garden Works nursery, a framing shop and a plumbing business. Jawl Residential

Oak Bay Avenue's Garden Works retail strip eyed for redevelopment into condos and modern storefronts
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
An Oak Bay Avenue retail strip featuring a Garden Works nursery, a framing shop and a plumbing business is slated for redevelopment into a mixed-use residential and commercial building, Citified has learned.
 
Developer Jawl Residential has envisioned a four-storey, 35-unit complex with four commercial spaces for 1908-1920 Oak Bay Avenue between Davie and Redfern streets to the east of the Oak Bay/Victoria border.
 
The complex will be comprised of a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites across the second, third and fourth floors, while some 7,500 square feet of retail space will front onto Oak Bay Avenue and Redfern Street.
 
The proposal, designed by Victoria-based Cascadia Architecture, features spacious balconies with wooden awnings as a primary architectural element and utilizes a light colour palette throughout the façade. The ground floor treatment with upwards of four retail spaces will extend the modernization of the Oak Bay Avenue commercial district further west.

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Jawl Residential’s proposal is one of several projects making its way through the municipal planning process in the immediate area. 
 
One block west along the 1800-block of Oak Bay Avenue at Bank Street is a proposal to build a five-storey, 15-unit rental building on a lot currently home to an aging walk-up. The project, if approved, would rise as one of the taller buildings along the avenue.
 
Two blocks north on Fort Street at Duchess Street a 32-unit rental building has been proposed across several lots. The five-storey concept, if built, will be situated across the street from the Royal Jubilee Hospital grounds.
 
Additional proposals on Fort Street at Richmond Road include the redevelopment of the Turner’s Coffee Shop building into offices while an adjacent property could see a residential building, and a seniors residence at 1900 Richmond Road, a property currently occupied by medical offices that feature large Rod of Asclepius art installation. C
 
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