234 rentals and 55 condominiums are underway on Helmcken Road in View Royal
Mike Kozakowski, Citified.ca
Published December 5, 2022
Construction is underway in the Township of View Royal on a 234-unit rental community on Helmcken Road at Burnside Road West, while moving forward in tandem is a 55-unit condominium complex on Helmcken Road at Island Highway.
A three-building rental project, with heights rising to six-storeys, is replacing 12-units of rentals that have reached their end-of-life at 3, 5 and 9 Helmcken Road and 1449 Burnside Road West.
Developer Boardwalk REIT has dubbed the project Aspire
, and will deliver a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units with over two-thirds of layouts sized at two or three-bedrooms.
Aspire’s three buildings will stand at the perimeter of the Helmcken and Burnside roads development site, with an inner courtyard called a woonerf featuring extensive landscaping at the centre of the land.
Victoria-based architectural firm de Hoog & Kierulf describes the design as contributing to a “pedestrian-friendly streetscape with individual at-grade unit entries and green buffering” that “promotes eyes on the street with extensive patios, decks windows and doors at-grade all around the buildings [and] residences [fronting] onto streets.”
The architects chose a “west coast character” for the exterior, utilizing wood elements and “high quality” durable materials.
Parking will be in the form of a 300-stall underground parkade, with limited short-term surface spots within the woonerf.
The project site is just a stone’s throw from the Eagle Creek Village
commercial area on Helmcken Road at Watkiss Way opposite Victoria General Hospital, where three rental buildings, an office complex and a shopping plaza were constructed between 2014 and 2019.
Aspire will be built over several years.
At the southern end of Helmcken Road, a six-storey, 55-unit mixed-use condominium and retail development called The Royale
is getting started at 298 Island Highway.
Ranging from studio through three-bedroom suites, The Royale will also include a large commercial ground floor that could house a boutique grocery store, such as a Red Barn Market.
During the project’s municipal approvals phase that began in 2020, Vancouver-based Ankenman Marchand Architects on behalf of the developer said
the development team had been “in discussions with Red Barn Market who have expressed a strong interest in this location and the size of the retail component being offered.”
Completion for The Royale is pegged for 2024. Pre-sales are on-going.
The two construction sites have padded View Royal’s upcoming home inventory to 570-units of high density rental housing plus 91 condominiums, according to Citified’s data
. Aspire and The Royale join The Blueprint
, comprised of 336 rental units on Erskine Way, and Skyeview
, with 37 condominums, at 242-244 Island Highway. C
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