Esquimalt council has approved a 12-storey, 83-unit condominium development slated for the nexus of Admirals Road, Naden Way and Constance Avenue overlooking CFB Esquimalt. The project will incorporate an energy-saving design utilizing a unique construction method. Standing Stone Developments/Citified.ca
Esquimalt council approves 12-storey Corvette Landing condo project
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published April 24, 2018
Esquimalt council green lighted a 12-storey highrise development planned for the nexus of Admirals Road, Naden Way and Constance Avenue overlooking the CFB Esquimalt navy base.
Edmonton-based Standing Stone Developments pitched a unique architectural design for the tower, crafted by Vancouver-based Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture, which utilizes engineered wood products and off-site construction methods.
Described by the proponent as “BC-produced mass-timber technology,” Corvette Landing’s unorthodox construction material and methods will require an exemption to the BC Building Code, according to staff at the Township of Esquimalt. In other words, once the project receives municipal approvals from Esquimalt, an additional layer of approvals will be required prior to the start of construction.
Designed to international Passiv Haus standards – a leading construction methodology for energy efficiency and sustainability – Corvette Landing will utilize external corridors to save energy, feature rooftop terraces and an inner courtyard for residents.
The building's 83-units will be in the form of studio and one, two and three-bedroom suites. 83 parking stalls will be provided in an underground parkade with 11 reserved for visitors.
Construction is anticipated to start next year with a 2020 completion date.
Esquimalt has seen a resurgence of interest among developers with multiple projects completed in recent years and a variety of mixed-use housing and commercial proposals at various stages of construction, pre-sales and planning.
Along Esquimalt Road near Dominion Road the six-storey, 30-unit Verde Green
condominium is currently under construction and follows the recent completion of an avant-garde liquor store
at the former site of the Tudor House Pub on Esquimalt at Admirals roads, which itself is kitty-corner to a recently-opened Red Barn Market grocery store.
Currently in pre-sales is a luxury waterfront development, dubbed Westbay Quay
, slated for the foot of Head Street overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour. And along with Corvette Landing, Pacific House
is another highrise condominium tower planned in the community for a key intersection at Head Street and Esquimalt Road. Adjacent to Esquimalt’s city hall a multi-phased condominium, rental apartment, office and retail development referred as the ‘town square’ project
is now underway by Aragon Properties. The company is also planning another nearby project as part of a redevelopment of the English Inn site where multiple condominium buildings and a restoration of the historic hotel have been proposed. C
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