The Apex Site property on Douglas Street at Humboldt Street in downtown Victoria, also known as the 'Budget Lot,' will be redeveloped into a mixed-use midrise or highrise project. Although details pertaining to the building usage and the architectural design have not been publicly revealed, the project is a partnership between Jawl Properties and telecommunications company TELUS.
The City of Victoria-owned Apex Site property was the subject of an early 2017 bidding process between six proponents. The City of Victoria opted to proceed with a development planning process and a land sale with partners Jawl Properties and TELUS.
Note: the identified height of 10-storeys is not reflective of the design and is a temporary figure.
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I don't want to be using the wrong terminology here. So we're saying the Cascadia/TenFold Projects proposal wasn't actually rejected (or otherwise not accepted)? Rather, we're saying it was never formally entered?
The way you wrote it below, it sounds like one was preferred and five others were rejected:
The City’s RFEI process was intended to yield several finalists that would subsequently be invited to submit formal Requests of Proposals or, under the City’s discretion, a single proponent could be selected as “preferable based on the City’s Evaluation Criteria.”And it was the latter option, according to sources, that City Hall decided to pursue following the receipt of six bids.
The way you* wrote it below...
*the teams of writers that occupy the upper five levels of VV HQ.
If the CoV made a final decision months ago, I fail to understand their need to be so stingy on releasing details to the public.
If Telus is indeed a partner in this, they will likely have very high architectural standards. Telus Garden in Vancouver is very boxy, but has great street presence and a high profile architect. Telus Sky in Calgary is a stunning building from Bjarke Ingels, the guy who designed Vancouver House (which is also stunning and under construction)
If by stunning you mean zero connection to the pedestrian realm. The Vancouver House is better but is a true form over function in terms of fenestration utility. The high profile jobs from Foster + Partners and BIG are brutally desolate at the pedestrian scale and will only be "cool" from a helicopter flyover of the City in the next Godzilla... my .02
The Canadian communications giant and Victoria's most prolific office space developer have reportedly partnered to erect a tower at Douglas and Humboldt streets.
One of six bids submitted to redevelop the City-owned Apex Site has been revealed, although the alleged winner has not been formally named.
Seeking to expand its real-estate and marketing presence in western Canada, TELUS has embarked on a major development strategy that will eventually include Victoria.