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 really hope they aren't planning to make all five buildings look exactly the same.
i can see that stretch becoming like the westsong walkway along the songhees to west bay marina. it's a pretty nice walk & seems to work well:
I don't think it's very hard to imagine a "subway map" of the stops you'd see along there, like johnson st, the marina, spinnakers, vic west streets etc. i guess it's good that esquimalt road & its bus routes aren't too far away so if they did something similar on that section of the gorge you'd want to easily access gorge rd from the waterfront. 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. the tricky bit would probably be the neighbours on lotus st but i'm sure something could be worked out. they could have signs saying "entering private property please stay on boardwalk" & if all else fails the path could go through the edge of the hospital grounds to lotus, to harriet & back to the waterfront. it might not be as hard as it looks. it would be a phenomenal improvement to that area if they could do it. (& saanich too on their end)
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 five-building proposal could replace four ageing apartments and add commercial units to Gorge Road E.
Expansive parcel along the Gorge Waterway could see its existing density more than double over the next several years.