The Argus is a four storey mixed-use office and commercial building in the 600-block of Fort Street in downtown Victoria.
The Argus was developed with a single office tenant in mind, the Offices of the Auditor General of British Columbia, and will not be leasing additional office space for the foreseeable future.
A commercial ground floor features up to three units fronting onto Fort Street.
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Three ground floor commercial units front onto Fort Street.
A section of the Argus floor plate comes quite close to the residential units at the back of the Sovereign. Unfortunate that the relation between the two buildings isn't better.
Can you imagine having bought one of those rear units without realizing what the plan was for the lot next door...
Caveat emptor. It can't be too surprising to a purchaser of a lower floor unit (in a building constructed so close to the property line) adjacent to an existing one-storey building that the property next door could be redeveloped. That it happened so soon after the completion of the Sovereign is the biggest surprise to me.
I guess there aren't any design rules preventing this. We've seen this before on Mason St. and City Place - Park Side.