Work resumes on stalled condo tower atop Langford's Bear Mountain; 13-storey Elevate condo scheduled for 2022 completion
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published November 7, 2020
A stalled highrise condominium atop Langford’s Bear Mountain community is underway once more 11 years after a work stoppage left the tower partially completed.
Construction of what was to have been a 14-storey luxury residence, known then as The Highlander, came to a halt in 2009 following a global market crash that heavily impacted Bear Mountain’s original development vision and saw an eventual sale of the resort to a new ownership group.
During that time multiple towers planned for Bear Mountain were sidelined, although only one, The Highlander, was caught up in the economic collapse while actively being built.
The resort’s new owner, Ecoasis, has announced construction at the Hannington Road development site has resumed, with the first phase of work targeting the removal of The Highlander’s pillars and floors.
“In the coming weeks the focus will be on clean-up and site safety, followed by concrete demolition, seismic upgrades and the first concrete pour closer to mid-December,” states an emailed update from Ecoasis, which also hints at construction of the new tower, known as Elevate
, continuing for a period of two years.
, envisioned as two towers rising from a shared podium, will deliver a condominium reaching 13-storeys. Actives sales and marketing for what could be some 200 residences has yet to begin. However, the final design and scope of the project may have changed since plans and schematics were released several years ago.
The West Shore's condominium market has enjoyed a robust 2020 as homebuyers turn to the area for its increasingly diverse condominium pre-sale offerings. Project's like Belmont Market Residences East
, which is in the early stages of construction along Reunion Avenue in Langford's core, and Sooke's oceanfront The Residences on Sooke Harbour
, are tapping into growing demand for urban housing outside of the traditionally strong condominium market of downtown Victoria. C
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