Construction to start at Union project in Old Town

Rendering of the Union's Fisgard Street-facing building. Union will span the Buckerfield site between Pandora and Fisgard over two 5-storey buildings. Rendering © Anthem Properties.

After more than a decade of failed proposals and stalled plans the infamous Buckerfield site bridging downtown Victoria’s Chinatown and Old Town districts is finally on its way to a complete transformation.

Union, a five-storey, two-building project spanning the 500-block of Pandora Avenue and Fisgard Street will break ground May 12th and mark the start of Anthem Properties’ first foray into Victoria’s new-build condo market.

Anthem’s Leah Jewell said the project is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete and will be ready for occupancy by the fall of 2013.

Although sales at the Union have been slower than expected, this has been partly attributed to the site’s infamous past stemming from Amadon Group’s cancellation of the Bambu project on the eve of construction nearly a decade ago.  A barren, fenced off “wasteland,” as some have called it, has remained ever since.  When the shovels finally hit the ground at Union, Jewell says she feels confident that buyers will respond accordingly to Anthem’s commitment to the project and the community.

Union’s current confirmed sales represent 27% of the 133-unit total.  Retail space along the ground floors of both buildings will be marketed closer to the completion of the project.  There is no word at this time of potential commercial tenants.

Victoria-based Merrick Architecture is behind the building design and Anthem has partnered with Van Isle Projects to oversee construction.

For more information on Union and to stay up to date with the latest news and construction photo updates for the project, refer to VibrantVictoria’s discussion thread here. Follow VibrantVictoria’s news and updates on local condo developments and activity on our Victoria Condos Facebook page.  Union’s official sales website can be accessed at

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Nov 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

Yeah everything looks good quality to my prole eyes. I'm not sure what could be different other than real stone counters or gold plated faucets. It's all a hell of a lot nicer than anything I've ever or will ever live with.


Nov 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

Quote: What makes the fit an finish look cheap? I notice there are no crystal chandeliers, but other than that this place looks pretty standard. My first impression looking at the photos was that the place looks bright, even for it being November.

You're right - this isn't a luxury development but something a little nicer than builder-basic white cabinets and single sinks would probably be appreciated by owners.


Nov 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

Fair enough. I would never buy a place that didn't have a double kitchen sink!

History Buff

Nov 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

It is extremely bright in those2 buildings that was my first impression the hallways included This is good on the north side which doesnt get any direct sunlight

History Buff

Nov 13, 2013 at 10:03 am
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