Bosa Development has plans to erect an eight-storey rental building with ground floor commercial space southeast of the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
The development will be situated on lands formerly used as downtown Victoria's inter-city bus depot.
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not a fan of seeing residential on this tiny site, espeically not interested in seeing another luxury playplace for the rich.
if i had the money, was in charge, ide do one of these extremes:
RED: expand convention centre to engulf entire southern section to belleville street from eastern edge of empress. its been well documented the convention centre is already too small by modern standards
PURPLE: reopen the secret tunnel connecting the hotel to the crystal garden
RED + GREEN: rebuild into 2-storey bus depot like rayne_k said on post#5
of course, build it large enough to serve future purposes such as the james bay cable car, the LRT, the DT street car... u/f this means taking 1/2 of the garden space directly to the west
RED + YELLOW: do nothing and expand the gardens all the way to the pedestrian cross button on the lightpost
please dont laugh. im seriously good at simcity.
It's been almost 9 years to the day since this thread was started. I am not too worried about luxurious play places for the uber-wealthy popping up here anytime soon.
At this point I think my preferred option would be a relatively short (~9 stories max.) modern wing of the Empress Hotel. Totally different architectural style, no connecting wing at ground level. Methinks a hotel would likely be the only option that could possibly sustain a small cafe/pub/something-or-other at ground level. Also, I like this idea because of the potential to have a killer event space on the top floor/roof level.
72-units of high-end apartments and ground floor retail space will replace Victoria's former downtown inter-city bus depot.