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Downtown Victoria's 'Mod' condominium tower will top-out in February with fall occupancy target

15-storey 'Mod' from 66 Developments is seen rising at 1150 Cook Street in late January, 2023. The 129-suite condominium tower is expected to top-out in February, and welcome residents by late 2023.

Downtown Victoria's 'Mod' condominium tower will top-out in February with fall occupancy target
Mike Kozakowski,

A downtown Victoria condominium tower at the south eastern edge of Harris Green is on-track for completion this fall as its popular one and two-bedroom suites continue to draw interest among homebuyers.

Rising on Cook and View streets at the hands of local firm 66 Developments, 129-unit ‘Mod’ (see website) will reach its top height of 15-storeys by late winter, according to developer Dan Robbins, with occupancy targeting the end of 2023.

“We’re very pleased with the pace of construction, and we’re aiming to deliver completed residences to our purchasers by late this year,” Robbins said, adding that “Axiom Builders anticipates reaching the 13th floor by the first week of February."

Known for its commanding views from a book-end location along the downtown-Fairfield border, Mod’s sighting affords the project uniquely protected views from its eastern and southern frontages due to shorter permitted building heights established by the City of Victoria’s development guidelines. This means that from approximately the seventh floor up, homes with southern and eastern vantages are expected to maintain their view corridors.

“Mod’s location among already developed properties and sites planned to be developed at lower heights means our purchasers can anticipate unimpeded views towards the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountain Range, and the historic neighbourhoods of Fairfield and Rockland,” Robbins said.

Avant-garde view-inspired layouts present purchasers with a choice between oak and walnut cabinet palettes that accentuate white oak floors and quartz counters throughout each home.

High-end appliance packages are part of functional gourmet focal points in Mod’s diverse floorplans, and ample storage space is provided for practical efficiency. Floor-to-ceiling windows create vibrant, light-filled rooms melding with well apportioned exterior patios taking full advantage of Victoria’s mild year-round climate, or Juliet balconies that welcome a fresh breeze indoors. All bedrooms are on exterior walls with generous glazing.

Bathrooms are opulent, with modern flair and quality materials.

Parking will be in the form of an underground parkade. Residents will also have access to a secure bicycle lock-up.

The building’s amenities are located in a sizeable fourth floor common area for recreational activities and entertaining, crafted for convenience and lower strata fees. The ground floor includes three commercial units, two of which have been purchased, while the third – overlooking the corner of Cook and View streets – is earmarked for a cafe tenant as either an owner-operator of the space or as a leaseholder.

With multiple floorplans to choose from in one and two-bedroom configurations, Mod’s remaining unit offering still includes one-bedroom view homes, and spacious two-bedrooms. Priced from the mid-$400,000s, the condominiums represent entry-level options for first-time purchasers and the investor market. Larger layouts are ideal for owner-occupiers and have been sought after by downsizers and retirees searching for a new-build central Victoria home in all-concrete construction.

Nearby commercial services include the wide assortment of stores and retailers of downtown Victoria, including a Save-On-Foods, the Market on Yates boutique grocery store, and the many shops at The Bay Centre shopping mall.

Alternative transportation is at the building’s doorstep with the Fort Street AAA-all-ages-and-abilities cycling route connecting other AAA routes throughout downtown, into Fairfield and Vic West. Transit services from downtown Victoria make getting around without a vehicle easy, with routes reaching all corners of the Capital Region, including south Island universities, colleges and employment nodes.

Mod is the latest development effort from Dan Robbins and partner Fraser McColl, who are considered among the most active real-estate development teams on the south Island. The duo’s recent large-scale completed projects include the Oceanna apartments in Sidney’s downtown, and the restoration of multiple downtown Victoria office buildings.

To learn more about homeownership opportunities at Mod, and to view the project’s sales website, click here. C

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