The Hyatt Centric Victoria Hotel development is a proposal to build a six-storey, 135-room hotel with ground floor retail space. The project will incorporate a heritage-restored Duck's Building (built in 1892) at 1314-1324 Broad Street, a replacement of the Canada Hotel at 615-625 Johnson Street and a new-build portion on a surface parking lot south of the Duck's Building.
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The other week councillor Isitt also said something to the effect of there being a big earthquake due and that old town will collapse during such a quote...
I know Comrade Isitt's words carry a lot weight in this city (for reasons I cannot fathom), but I am not sure his quotes are enough to topple buildings...yet.
He's not the first person who comes to mind when I think of earthshaking quotes.
Methinks the choices they make for the doors and window frames will be critical. If they opt for conventional rather than for character then it would probably seal the deal on the blah factor.
They need to study the podium of 1400 Quadra.
I'm nervous about the "blah factor" as well, particularly the structure at Broad and Johnson. It looks pretty bland in the renderings. I really hope it can be dressed up to blend in better with the older buildings.
Victoria council will decide fate of what may become downtown's first hotel in two decades at a Sept. 23 public hearing.
137-room hotel will span across three properties, including two heritage buildings at 1312 Broad Street and 615 Johnson Street.
A nearly 170-unit condominium and rental project along the 1300-block of Broad Street is shifting gears in pursuit of approvals as a hotel.