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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^Well, I suspect it's the same strategy Jawl uses. His projects sail through City Hall like greased ice cubes. It's a good way to do business--treat City Hall like partners rather than adversaries. Not all developers have that mojo, though.
I’ve tried that approach: it just doesn’t work. It doesn’t matter how collaborative you are with City staff or how sound or logically your interpretation of their policies and legal authority, they will move the goalposts on you. They will overreach their authority and create new hoops for you to jump through. And then as you’re approaching said hoop, they light it on fire. And then after you’ve jumped through it, only singed, they’ll tell you that the jump didn’t count and you have to do it again. Backwards. Blindfolded. Also, you’re not allowed to leave your feet. And that’s just the public process. Wait until you have to deal with the Land Development Office.
So when Helpless crows about how 90% of development applications are approved within 8-12 months, you’ll have to excuse me if I’m struck with the urge to shove a banana cream pie in her face même comme l’Entartiste. /end_rant
It seems like a terrible waste of land to use that Courtney site for a car rental agency and parking lot. How about build a parkade with both agencies in it and, gasp, public parking?
That would be a monumental undertaking for such a tiny lot. It really is quite small, but at least the streetscape will be nicely upgraded with what appears to be a fitting little building.
What this also means is the future for this property isn't set in stone.
National Car Rental unveils development plans for new rental lot as its Douglas and Humboldt streets site nears redevelopment by TELUS and Jawl Properties.
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.