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Offices, apartments and Glen Lake Rd. realignment planned as part of Sooke Rd. dev

An artist's rendering of Oakcrest Park Estate's proposal for a mixed-use development at Sooke, Glen Lake and Happy Valley roads. The project also encompass a realignment of Glen Lake Road that would see the artery connect with Happy Valley Road at Sooke Road.  Oakcrest Park Estates

Offices, apartments and Glen Lake Rd. realignment planned as part of Sooke Rd. dev
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Big changes have been proposed at the nexus of Sooke, Glen Lake and Happy Valley roads in Langford.
 
Developer Oakcrest Park Estates is pursuing a mixed-use, high-density office, retail and residential development along the 2600 and 2700-blocks of Sooke Road that would yield three residential complexes, a commercial building and a realignment of Glen Lake Road.
 
All but two of Oakcrest’s holdings at 2682, 2684, 2686, 2696 and 2706 Sooke Road are currently vacant land. The duo of utilized parcels house a single commercial building per lot.
 
As part of the proposal, Glen Lake Road will be realigned to connect with Happy Valley Road at Sooke Road. A controlled four-way intersection would replace the current three-way intersection at Sooke Road and Happy Valley Road while doing away with Glen Lake Road’s uncontrolled connection to Sooke Road some 100 meters to the west.
 
According to preliminary plans submitted to Langford’s planning department, two six-storey residential buildings – each likely to be comprised of approximately 80 one, two and three-bedroom rental apartments – would be situated along the northern edge of the property and adjacent to the Galloping Goose Trail.
 
An additional six-storey residential building, developed as either a 60-odd-unit rental or condominium residence plus ground floor commercial space, would front onto Sooke Road while a three-storey office and retail building would overlook the future Sooke and Glen Lake roads intersection.
 
A large surface parking lot between at the centre of the development would accommodate a ratio of over one parking stall per residential unit. The surface parking would also allow for a future re-purposing of the land for additional residential or commercial usage.
 
The municipality’s rapidly expanding Happy Valley and Luxton communities have been dominated by single-family and rowhouse projects since Victoria’s rush to build housing took hold at the turn of the millennium. Low-density subdivisions sprung up along the Happy Valley Road corridor and continue to push south towards Metchosin.
 
Along the busy Sooke Road corridor the municipality has seen several lowrise, high-density condominiums materialize to the east of the Oakcrest proposal, and recently plans have been approved for a four-storey, nearly 16,000 square foot office complex for Charter Telecom at 2614 Sooke Road.
 
Pending municipal approvals, work on Oakcrest's proposal could begin as early as next year. C
 

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