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.
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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.