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Third iteration of Johnson Street Gateway development revealed

Artist's rendering of Reliance Properties' Johnson Street Gateway mixed-use luxury condo and ground floor commercial development, at left, and the company's Janion Hotel micro-loft and ground floor commercial development, at right. Both projects are depicted with a newly-built Johnson Street Bridge and new eastern bridge approaches.  Reliance Properties.

Third iteration of Johnson Street Gateway development revealed
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA

Vancouver-based Reliance Properties has revealed the third design iteration for a mixed-use luxury condo and commercial development on Johnson at Wharf streets.

Known as both the Johnson Street Gateway and the Northern Junk project, the developer’s initial concept, pitched in 2010, included a five-storey new-build component that flanked restored Northern Junk heritage buildings. In mid-2015 Reliance revealed an updated redesign that envisioned a 12-storey highrise along Johnson Street at the foot of the Johnson Street Bridge and a five-storey lowrise wing parallel with Wharf Street. The entire project would have contained 133 residential units and approximately 18,000 square feet of commercial space.

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Johnson Street Gateway as seen looking south.
Artist's rendering of Johnson Street Gateway, looking south.  Reliance Properties.

 

Johnson Street Gateway, looking east.
Artist's rendering of Johnson Street Gateway, looking east. Reliance Properties.

 

Artist's rendering of restored Northern Junk buildings.
Artist's rendering of the restored Northern Junk buildings overlooking the Inner Harbour. Reliance Properties plans to make the spaces available to commercial tenants.  Reliance Properties.

The third design, released this fall, has seen a reduction to the highrise component from 12-storeys to seven-storeys while the five-storey wing remains mostly unchanged. 114 residential units will now occupy the development's upper floors with approximately 18,000 square feet of retail space situated on the ground floor and in the Northern Junk buildings.

The developer will undertake an extensive restoration process to convert the dilapidated Northern Junk buildings into functional commercial spaces overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The project's public amenities will include an extension of the David Foster Harbour Pathway between the Regent Hotel to the south and the new Johnson Street Bridge to the north. Reclaimed City of Victoria lands freed up by reconfigured approaches to the new bridge will create green spaces while giving the development more prominence.

Construction will likely get underway in 2017 provided approvals are secured next year. Reliance Properties is currently in the midst of a major heritage restoration and new-build development of the historic Janion Hotel property at Pandora Avenue and Store Street north of the Johnson Street Gateway Proposal. Completion of the latter is expected in 2016. C

 

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