2300 Douglas Street was a proposal to build a six-storey, mixed-use commercial and purpose-built rental development in the community of Burnside-Gorge on downtown Victoria's northern fringe.
The project was to have incorporated a Silver Arrow Cars luxury automobile dealership on the ground floor and offices on the second floor.
An affordable housing component under partnership with Victoria-based housing provider Pacifica Housing was initially touted as offering a 10% affordable housing component for the residences.
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Which means you need a reasonable amount of light industrial near the centre of the city to service all the office buildings, hotels and malls for a myriad of things.
For sure, but I'm saying you don't need to reserve an exclusive district for such uses. It doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing bet, as demonstrated by the cruise ships, floatplanes, shipyard, cement plants, etc. and the commercial/residential development near Fisherman's Wharf, at Dockside Green, and at the Selkirk waterfront.
In that 1971 article the assumption was that you needed to make a hard choice between residential, industrial, or green space. A bit later on we had the original Songhees vision, which assumed that residential could co-exist with light industry and commercial operations. Later still we revised the Songhees vision, and even the marina itself (a central piece of the plan from day one) was deemed to be inappropriate. Now the marina is finally there and we have yet more proof that co-existence works. But here we are in 2020 making the assumption yet again that residential development must be restricted because it can't possibly co-exist with commercial/industrial operations.
It seems to be yet another one of those "we'll never learn" things, despite what we can see with our own eyes. Every day we revisit the issue from scratch and decide all over again what's possible and what's not possible. But meanwhile James Bay has been there all along, with port and marina facilities, industry, government offices, hotels & motels, parks and green space, and thousands of residents (in SFDs, lowrise apartments, and highrise buildings) all co-existing within the same compact neighbourhood for many decades.
...meanwhile James Bay has been there all along, with port and marina facilities, industry, government offices, hotels & motels, parks and green space, and thousands of residents (in SFDs, lowrise apartments, and highrise buildings) all co-existing within the same compact neighbourhood for many decades.
But aastra! Don't you know that James Bay is an unlivable hell on earth because of [insert your favourite land-use bogeyman here]?*
*it's actually not an unlivable hell on earth, which is why people like it
In that 1971 article the assumption was that you needed to make a hard choice between residential, industrial, or green space.
North American "urban renewal" back then was mainly about tidying things up and making everything more streamlined and generic, and ultimately stripping away a city's unique flavour.
Speaking of industry co-existing with residential, check out this story from 1952 (the street is in Saanich, not Victoria):
August 12, 1952
Council Wrangles on Light Industry
A heated argument between councillors and a delegation was fought out several separate times when the delegation protested the granting of a temporary permit for a light industry to be operating in a residential zone.
Council had granted a permit to Herman Vanderbyl, Culduthel Avenue, to use a dwelling to manufacture kitchen sinks.
Reeve Joseph Casey said, "In Saanich a house is no asset. We only make money on industry or vacant land. These people really have a good product and we ought to encourage them."
Cruise ships, though, the largest vessels in the world, you can even see them!
Rentals pitched for Douglas Street north of downtown not aligned with Victoria's vision for the area
A proposed 60-suite affordable rental building with commercial spaces below is the second nixed residential project north of downtown.
Luxury auto dealership, offices and rental apartments pitched for Douglas Street south of Bay Street
A six-storey mixed-use development north of downtown Victoria will feature Silver Arrow Cars luxury auto dealership, approximately 60 rentals and offices.