A 2015 fire on the 10th floor of the View Towers complex at 1147 Quadra Street forced dozens of tenants to vacate the building and required extensive remediation efforts to restore water damaged apartments. Citified.ca
Apartments in fire-damaged View Towers complex re-emerging on Victoria's rental market
Published December 4, 2017
Vacant bachelor and one-bedroom units in downtown Victoria’s View Towers complex are being offered for rent following a three year building remediation process, Citified has learned.
In May of 2014 nearly 100 people were displaced from the 19-storey, 360-unit highrise at View and Quadra streets after fire ripped through a tenth floor apartment. Ultimately 70 residents were forced to vacate their homes.
Although the blaze was mostly contained to a single unit, water penetration from fire suppression efforts caused significant damage to suites along the building’s north and south frontages.
The complexity of the renovation, which included asbestos removal and mitigation efforts throughout the 1960s-era concrete tower, resulted in a longer than anticipated remediation. Some suites were also used as entry and exit points for crews utilizing scaffolding to access floors while interior corridors were cordoned off.
Building owner Westsea Construction of Vancouver remained mostly silent before the media throughout the ordeal, opting to forgo requests to confirm the project status or to provide an anticipated occupancy date for affected units.
View Towers was queued for a municipal inspections process expected to have been completed in October. With final occupancy approvals having been granted, the building’s vacant units are re-entering the housing market with rents starting in the $1,000 per month range. C
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