736 Princess Avenue is a proposal to build a six-storey, mixed-use complex for the John Howard Society, an organization that assists individuals transitioning back into the community following incarceration or criminality, along the 700-block of Princess Avenue in Victoria's Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood.
The project was initially proposed in 2017 as Hive, a six-storey, micro-unit workforce housing building. That concept was pulled in 2018.
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The building includes a street-level café on the ground floor, and space for services provided by the John Howard Society on levels two and three.
I agree this proposal is too small and limits future potential. I would like to see a larger land amalgamation to have a significant impact on the neighbourhood.
I think they're out to lunch yet again. It could be really great if this part of town fills out with smaller-footprint developments.
The subject property is suitable for some additional density in the form of mixed-use development, although, preferably through a land assembly with adjacent properties to enable the best realization of development potential. Alternatively, the applicant could reduce the amount of residential density being proposed and comply with the OCP...
Seriously, just consider the message there. Who cares if a small development is "too dense"? The very reason why I liked this project was because of the small footprint and the relatively narrow frontage. Add a few more projects like that and you'd have a genuinely interesting streetscape. Encouraging developers to swallow up adjacent properties is a recipe for less variety, is my point.
City councillors gave it a provisional no.
This project is back from the dead.
The developer is now proposing to build the project with just 28 suites (down from the original proposal of 75 micro-suites) for the John Howard society. A letter from the developer was sent to the City on March 10 along with revised plans. The letter outlining all the changes can be found here; https://tender.victoria.ca/webapps/ourcity/Prospero/FileDownload.aspx?fileId=69D16150-0371-48E2-AFA2-F102AAD5DF7B&folderId=54195C170726154256160000
I approve the idea of larger suites. My vision for the heart of Rock Bay is not microsuites for all buildings. Suite size should reflect the industrial nature of Rock Bay with high loft ceilings and relatively larger open floorplans and basic finishing. Leave the luxury and microsuites for Downtown.
The few remaining old buildings set the tone for the neighbourhood. I want it to retain its industrial feel. I want lots of young people, workers, active seniors, artists, craftsmen, prowling the streets.
I love the small footprint and the overall design and use of materials is good. There will be plenty of opportunity in this neighbourhood for fancier buildings on larger lots in the coming years. I want to see diversity, condos and rentals and commercial.
John Howard Society half-way house and support services planned for Princess Ave. north of downtown Victoria
A six-storey building for the John Howard Society revives a formerly failed proposal in industrial and commercial-zoned area of Burnside-Gorge.
75 fully-furnished rental suites sized between 210 and 320 square feet have been proposed for a site in Victoria's Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood.