129-135 Gorge Road East, phase II is a proposal to build four six-storey rental buildings along the 100-block of Gorge Road East in the City of Victoria's Burnside Gorge neighbourhood.
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I suspect that City Council will reject this unless the 200 displaced households get to come back at the same rent they pay now, and they can stay as the project is phased. Which will make the project unfeasible for the proponent. Then they will suddenly discover the buildings are not at end-of-life.
the city already has that arbutus park so they could have a bridge built across that inlet to connect directly to the boardwalk to the south. they could do that today. once this dock thing is done I don't think it would be that hard to connect it with arbutus park.
I agree that the potential for a waterfront pathway is really exciting here (I live just on the other side of Gorge from this proposal). However, I believe the limiting factor against putting a pedestrian bridge here is that it's a migratory bird sanctuary in the mud flats, and a bridge across the flats would restrict bird movements. Especially relative to other areas of "bird sanctuary" in Victoria (e.g. east coast beaches), this area actually sees a high population of birds moving through.
I'm no biologist so have no idea if a pedestrian bridge could be compatible with the migratory birds. If so, that would sure be amazing.
that's good to know; i suppose a compromise would be a waterfront boardwalk from the end of washington ave, or along the northern shore to connect with the existing trail father along, closer to the gorge rd underpass. i wouldn't know whether it's the number of piers or simply having anything overhead that would affect the birds that use the mudflat there. i think a single span would be ~100m which might be a stretch.
The issue of protecting low rents in old buildings is not necessarily protecting low income families and individuals but in those cases where it does, the Province needs to support development transitions that increase overall density where it makes sense to do so such as, near transit arteries, close to employment hubs, and where City planning has established high density corridors like the Gorge Road corridor. Definitely a thumbs up on this project.
Directly related to our discussion above about getting a boardwalk along with this potential development; there's talks starting about the city investing in Arbutus Park this year. it's directly to the east of this proposal. I wrote into the working group, currently headed by the burnside gorge land use committee, to ask for a boardwalk that would potentially connect to this new development to the west (if it goes through) and connect to the Goose / Selkirk development to the east. Early days yet, but I thought it was interesting to see this proposal at the same time as Arbutus Park proposals. https://www.capitaldaily.ca/news/victoria-burnside-gorge-arbutus-park-investment
Public dock and boardwalk at centre of 488-unit Gorge Waterway rental development
The five-building proposal could replace four ageing apartments and add commercial units to Gorge Road E.
200 old stock Burnside-Gorge apartments slated for redevelopment
Expansive parcel along the Gorge Waterway could see its existing density more than double over the next several years.