937 View Street is a proposal to build a 23-storey rental tower along the 900-block of View Street in the City of Victoria's Harris Green neighbourhood.
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Another point I want to make about the elimination of the differentiated sections and terrace levels: not only does it make the tower portion look very plain, but it also makes the tower portion look much more similar to View Towers than it otherwise would have looked. Is this what the CoV wants?
Methinks the top priority here re: the overall design should be to strongly distinguish this building's appearance from View Towers' appearance. Slimming the tower was a step in the right direction re: the massing, but if the tower has a plain and repetitive look then why the heck was there ever a bitter fight against the second View Towers building that was supposed to be part of the original plan?
Doesn't all of this CoV history seem to be especially ironic and ridiculous now?
March 2, 1972
Tower Shrink Not Likely
Developer George Mulek has been asked by the city of Victoria to voluntarily reduce the size of the apartment-store centre, to be completed at View and Quadra, but there apparently isn't much likelihood that he will.
Mayor Peter Pollen said Wednesday that Mulek was "unbending" in his attitude, and seemed determined to stick by his original plan to build a second tower slightly taller than the 19-storey apartment building already at the site. The second building would have a supermarket and other stores.
The grey, unfinished look of the first building, completed last year, has brought considerable criticism from the city.
But appearances, says Pollen, isn't the major issue.
"It's a matter of density," he said. There would be over 500 units on a relatively small piece of land. There just wouldn't be enough open space, or even really enough room to breathe."
Mulek's argument is that the second tower will have to remain as planned to make the whole project economically sound. There is no legal way Victoria can block construction of the second tower.
"We can only say that we have tried vigorously to get Mr. Mulek to co-operate in the spirit of community interest on a voluntary basis," the mayor said.
Would this be built under the new Step Code.
"269 rental homes averaging 389 square feet in size." If that's the average, I wonder what the smallest units are?
I think they should consider approving a taller building here, at least thirty or thirty five floors would be better.
269-unit purpose-built rental tower will adapt to council's auto-lite vision for downtown Victoria, with no on-site provisions for parking.
18-storey, 267-unit rental tower proposed next to View Towers will not include parking; ample bicycle storage planned
View Street proposal, now in its third year of planning, has grown in height and density, but drops on-site vehicle storage.
Downtown Victoria's community association cites 'liveability' as a primary concern for high-density tower proposal.
255-unit rental proposal would rise as the second most-dense residential building in downtown Victoria.
Hundreds of purpose-built rental apartments and condominium suites are planned for a parking lot between the 900-blocks of View and Fort streets.
A condominium tower and a purpose-built rental building have been proposed for a surface parking lot between the 900-blocks of Fort and View streets.