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Twin tower residential project could deliver West Shore's tallest buildings to downtown Langford

An early rendering for a twin tower highrise proposal envisioned for the 900-block of Bray Avenue in downtown Langford.  Rejuvenate Dt Langford Nominee Inc.

Twin tower residential project could deliver West Shore's tallest buildings to downtown Langford
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Langford council is scheduled to consider a development proposal that could deliver the tallest residential buildings to the city’s downtown area.
 
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Proponent Rejuvenate Dt Langford Nominee Inc. has applied to the City of Langford to rezone several parcels along the 900-block of Bray Road just west of Jacklin Road to construct a high density, highrise project comprised of two towers rising from a shared podium.
 
At-present, only theoretical plans have been submitted for several properties between 913-931 Bray Avenue, and the applicant has not intimated whether the residential density will be constructed as rental housing or condominiums, nor the total density (number of homes) being sought. Municipal staff, however, recommend a strata-titling of the residences regardless of their initial usage in order to allow for a smooth transition from rentals to condominiums should that decision be made in future.
 
Heights of 16 or 17-storeys could be reached based on a rendering supplied by the developer, although no formal massing diagrams (floor-by-floor depictions of the design) have been submitted. As such, municipal planners have advised council that the building plans cannot be formally assessed relative to Langford’s design guidelines for the area.
 
Parking will be provided across three levels, two of which will be underground, and one at-ground buffered by row of townhomes fronting onto Bray Avenue with off-street access for residents.
 
As the proposal progresses through the municipal process, additional information will be presented.
 
Langford’s downtown core has seen significant densification over the last decade, although only one highrise has materialized over that time.
 
Danbrook One, an 11-storey, 90-unit complex along the 2700-block of Claude Road was completed in late 2019 but months later was forced to lose its occupancy permitting due an inspection by the province’s engineering regulator that found the tower did not meet provincial building code. Building owner Centurion Property Associates, which purchased Danbrook One upon completion, is pursuing the matter before the courts.
 
Meanwhile, a 12-storey mass timber-designed tower is in the early stages of construction along the 2800-block of Peatt Road. It will stand as the tallest building in downtown Langford upon completion in 2021, and could be joined by a near-twin by 2022 or 2023.
 
Another proposal working its way through the planning process could deliver a 15-storey tower to the 500-block of Goldstream Avenue not far from the Colwood/Langford border. The building is part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the St. Anthony’s Professional Centre property currently home to a three-storey healthcare services hub. C
 
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