The Sovereign | 11-storeys | Residential, commercial

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Chard Development’s fourth Victoria project (after Corazon, Juliet and The 834), dubbed The Sovereign, is situated in downtown Victoria’s old town district and will become the tallest building west of Douglas Street.

The original design featured extensive brickwork, a curved feature for the top two floors (originally the tower was to be 12-storeys tall) and potential uses as a residential and commercial development or a boutique hotel and commercial development.

The finalized design calls for 36 residential units and commercial space on the bottom floor.  Two automated car elevators, the first of its kind in Victoria, will be used for The Sovereign’s parking facilities.

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Project Statistics

  • Status: Built
  • Construction Dates
    Began: 2011
    Completed: 2013
  • Floor Count: 11
  • Units: 36
  • Building uses
    Residential, commercial
  • Structural types
    Lowrise
  • Address: 608 Broughtson St.
  • Municipality: Victoria
  • Official project website

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This project's public discussion on VibrantVictoria.ca

Below are the five latest responses to the dedicated discussion thread for this project:

Coreyburger

Sep 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

Quote: More vehicles? It is a 32 unit building, with many owners who will seldom use their cars. Previously it was a parking lot with cars going in and out on a regular basis. There will clearly be fewer vehicles with an associated decreased risk of injuries or death.

The dead space is the width of two cars, and just barely that. There is a car elevator in use to reduce the parking footprint. I mean, it would be cool to have commercial space in that spot instead of a parking entrance, but much in the same way that it would be cool if the dentist office across the street was a unicorn store. At some point you have to work within the actual realities of the situation, like in this case the fact that people own cars.


More vehicles in comparison to a building without a parking garage, which is my point. Does every single building need a parking garage? That could easily by 50% of the block lengths with curb cuts and dead space.

sebberry

Sep 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I don't think cyclists are the target buyers for condos in this building.

Nparker

Sep 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Quote: .. Does every single building need a parking garage?...


In a word YES. Downtown parking is a great concern to many. Including underground parking with new condo construction is a big selling feature.

Mike K.

Sep 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

If developers could build condos in Victoria without on-site parking and still sell those condos, they would. But they can't. Not only does the City of Victoria require parking in the majority of cases, residents expect parking.

Believe me, if a multi-million dollar excavation and parking facility could be avoided it would be. Less money, less time, less hassle, same reward.

MarkoJ

Sep 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Quote: If developers could build condos in Victoria without on-site parking and still sell those condos, they would. But they can't. Not only does the City of Victoria require parking in the majority of cases, residents expect parking.

Believe me, if a multi-million dollar excavation and parking facility could be avoided it would be. Less money, less time, less hassle, same reward.


Exactly! Developers build what the market demands. From my understanding parking spots are sold at approximately construction cost; however, they are necessary in order to sell the condo units. Selling a condo, even downtown, without parking is a challenge especially when you get over $300,000.

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