Downtown Residents’ Association disappointed with City Hall’s slash of tower proposals height

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One of the earlier designs of the 937 View/930 Fort mixed-use residential/commercial tower. A more iconic design was submitted to City Hall and was reported to have been rejected by planning staff. Illustration © Number 10 Architecture.

Victoria’s Downtown Residents’ Association is disappointed with City Hall’s apparent decision to decrease the height of a downtown highrise proposal located immediately to the east of the infamous 19-storey View Towers.

The Number 10 Architecture-designed 937 View/930 Fort mixed-use residential/commercial tower, originally proposed at 17-storeys, may become an average 14-storey residential tower that is in keeping with existing nondescript highrises of the Harris Green neighbourhood, according to Downtown Residents’ Association (DRA) Chair Robert Randall.

“My worry is that with the reduced density the profit margin is much smaller and the temptation will be to simplify and delete features from the design,” wrote Randall on the VibrantVictoria.ca discussion forum.

In past cases City Hall’s slashing of building heights resulted in project cancellations, such as the glass-sheathed Crystalview proposal that was to contain a downtown satellite gallery for the Art Gallery of Victoria.  Other projects fared better but ultimately lost their iconic appeal much like the 11-storey Sussex Building completed in 1995.

“[This] sounds like the Sussex [Building] story all over,” wrote forum member “Baro,” referring to City Hall’s request for a height decrease from the originally proposed 14-storey iconic tower to 11-storeys and with a significantly muted design.

“If the end result is another average stumpy podium tower with cheap finishing and View Towers remains the most visually dominant building on the block than I can say that our efforts to improve the area were a failure,” Randall added, speaking of the DRA’s efforts of pushing developers to strive for quality architectural designs for buildings destined for Victoria’s downtown.

To discuss the 937 View/930 Fort tower proposal on the VibrantVictoria.ca discussion forum, click here.  To view the project’s Construction Projects List entry, click here.

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Holden West

Apr 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

^Yes, but I would hope that a new owner sees the appeal of the original design we all liked so much. Actually, it's version 2 that was superior, with the round portholes in the townhouse units:

http://vibrantvictoria.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=2348&page=4

jonny

Apr 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I think this was a great design, and I'd love to see it built somewhere downtown. A better location for a building like this is on the bottle depot site, not directly next to the crack tower.

I don't think anything will ever be on this site as long as that monstrosity is next door.

Mike K.

Apr 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I wonder how much negative impact View Towers had on this project. I can't imagine many would want to pay for a $300k unit facing VT and its colourful mosaic of tenants.

jonny

Apr 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Quote: I wonder how much negative impact View Towers had on this project. I can't imagine many would want to pay for a $300k unit facing VT and its colourful mosaic of tenants.


I would think it would have a huge impact. I certainly wouldn't want to buy a home on the same block as that place. In fact, it's surprising to me that a developer would even propose to build something right next door to view tower.

This one never made sense. It looked like a decent enough design, but what a crappy location. This should be built on the mccalls parking lot.

G-Man

Apr 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I think that the more people that live around it the less anyone will / notice that it is even there.

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