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Capital Park Office, building 1
Uses: office, commercial
Address: 500-block of Superior Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Urban Core
Storeys: 5
Capital Park Office, building one, is the first of two office phases (with ground floor commercial space) of C... (view full profile)
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[James Bay] Capital Park | Mixed-use office, commercial, residential | 5-storeys | Under construction

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#321 Nparker

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 09:12 PM

Would something like this had been so hard? 

Come on zoomer, you know that none of those designs would ever have been approved for this location.



#322 zoomer

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 09:27 PM

I honestly think if you put any of those three proposals (same concept, materials but scaled down to 5-6 stories with plaza, etc.) and presented them against what is now being built, it would have gone through with flying colours. Tell the residents it's all green and sh*t, not tall, they get a library, grocery store, etc, they would peeing their pants in glee. Now they get the same massing in an uglier bulkier suburban form.  As I said, I still hope/think the landscaping/pedestrian zones will make it nice enough to hang out at and eat a Red Barn sandwich. 



#323 Nparker

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 09:34 PM

I honestly think if you put any of those three proposals (same concept, materials but scaled down to 5-6 stories with plaza, etc.) and presented them against what is now being built, it would have gone through with flying colours...

Really? In James Bay? Adjacent to the Legislative Buildings? A recent arrival to the City of Gardens are you?  ;)



#324 zoomer

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 09:45 PM

1984? I guess that's recent :)

Give em a sh*t sandwich or Italian Deli, see what they pick. Even then, they should never have a perceived veto. It's ironic how there is a vocal minority in James Bay that actually thinks it should be more like Qualicum Beach. Let's chip in for some bus tickets to fulfill their dreams.

#325 aastra

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:24 PM

Sorry for being so late to this party. I was at Emergency all night having other people's words removed from my mouth.

 

I'm not seeing a lot of personality in the main body of it. It looks very reserved. Inoffensive modern institutional building. But the corners add variation and it seem like they'll look -- and actually be -- more accessible, which is good. I still worry about the size of that main square.

 

Methinks a helping of Selkirk sauce would have worked well here. Maybe it will come yet. Then again, the grounds and the landscaping are going to be such a big part of this one, probably more so than any recent project. I'm inclined to wait & see how it all comes together.

 

 

 

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#326 Nparker

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 05:15 PM

My biggest concern so far is the lack of commercial space on Superior Street at ground level. I am never a fan of offices at grade, but I appreciate this is not (currently) the most dynamic street for pedestrian activity. I am hopeful the Capital Part project will go a long way to bring vibrancy to this area.



#327 grantpalin

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 05:25 PM

There used to be a bus stop (with a shelter) on Superior next to Menzies. No sign of a bus stop there currently, though I'm wondering if that will be restored at a later point. Seems like a good place for it.



#328 Nparker

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 05:51 PM

There used to be a bus stop (with a shelter) on Superior next to Menzies. No sign of a bus stop there currently, though I'm wondering if that will be restored at a later point...

Not if Superior is scheduled to have a bike lane. In the name of going green, bus stops are removed to accommodate single-passenger transportation. 



#329 Hotel Mike

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 08:08 AM

^ Also, BC Transit is studying and surveying James Bay to come up with a new bus plan. That might affect the placement of any new stops in the vicinity of Capital Park.


Don't be so sure.:cool:

#330 MarkoJ

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 08:46 AM

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