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237 condos approved for downtown Victoria

Artist's rendering of 989 Johnson's commercial ground floor. The 205-unit two tower development rising 17- and 15-storeys above Johnson Street has secured municipal approvals alongside a six-storey, 32-unit condo on Herald Street in Chinatown.  Cox Developments.

237 condos approved for downtown Victoria

City of Victoria councillors have approved two downtown Victoria mixed-use condo and ground floor commercial proposals.

989 Johnson, a two tower, 205-unit 17- and 15-storey development, the future tallest building along Johnson Street, will rise on Johnson Street at Vancouver Street on McCall Bros. Funeral Home’s surface parking lot. Units will range between studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and penthouse layouts with 9,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space fronting onto both thoroughfares.

Developer Cox Developments confirms marketing will begin this spring with a construction start planned for late summer.

At 613 Herald Street in downtown Victoria’s Chinatown district a 32-unit, six-storey condo development consisting exclusively of one bedroom homes was passed with unanimous approval. Just under 1,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space will front onto Herald Street. Developer Homewood Constructors plans to launch project marketing this spring with a construction start shortly thereafter.

613 Herald Street was originally envisioned as a five-storey condo building with ground floor retail space. The concept later changed to a five-storey rental building then back once more to a condo. The most recent design, at six-storeys, took into account feedback from residents of a neighbouring building who supported a single storey recessed height increase in exchange for setbacks at the southwest corner of the building’s fourth and fifth floors to expose the adjacent building’s community garden space to sunlight. C


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