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Vista Senior Living
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: 622 Admirals Road
Municipality: Esquimalt
Region: Urban core
Storeys: 11
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[Esquimalt] Vista Senior Living (Legion tower) | Seniors rentals, condos and memory care | 11-storeys | Under construction


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#21 gumgum

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:25 AM

^No kidding. And I thought Esquimalt was trying for higher density.

#22 aastra

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:39 AM

...the density is necessary to make the $80- million project work.

Didn't the Falls come in somewhere around $80 million? Aria, Shutters, and Swallows Landing were all cheaper by quite a bit, yes?

So is this Esquimalt building really going to be in the same league as these other projects?

For the precedent they're trying to set, I'd say this Esquimalt proposal should have to be darned near terrific. But the news items never seem to mention anything about the design/materials/appearance of the building!

#23 Mike K.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:44 AM

^no kidding. Where are the renderings?

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#24 Holden West

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:00 AM

^no kidding. Where are the renderings?


It appears similar to the Gateway Green tower except with some sort of transparent diagonal billboard or text element mounted at the top of the facade.


"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
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#25 aastra

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:02 AM

I presume the lettering would be neon?

#26 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:04 AM

I presume the lettering would be neon?


Yes, it will be. It can read "No suites for rent" or "One bedroom available" if needed.

#27 Holden West

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:20 AM

The architect is Praxis although there's no mention of the project on their website.

The last time I heard so much criticism about something nobody has seen was fifteen years ago when James Cameron said he was making a Titanic movie.
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
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#28 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 02:43 AM

Esquimalt Legion might shut its doors

12-storey limit not viable, branch complains

By Kim Westad, Times Colonist
April 12, 2010


Esquimalt Legion brass say the Esquimalt institution might have to close its doors after council indicated last night that building heights in the town likely will be limited to 12 storeys.

Read more: http://www.timescolo...l#ixzz0kyYigbQl

#29 Baro

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:23 AM

Hooray for arbitrary limits! You tell those old veteran drunks, Esquimalt! This site would be much better as an abandoned building for years maybe one day turning into a parking lot or cheap 4 story wood-frame. Screw density and screw saving the legion.
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#30 Bob Fugger

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:45 AM

Hooray for arbitrary limits! You tell those old veteran drunks, Esquimalt! This site would be much better as an abandoned building for years maybe one day turning into a parking lot or cheap 4 story wood-frame. Screw density and screw saving the legion.


Folks have to smoke crack somewhere - if Equimalt wants it to happen in an abandoned building on their main drag, good luck with that. Feel bad for the vets, though.

#31 Mike K.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:13 AM

I know a fellow who belongs to that legion (in fact he was one of the soldiers portrayed in the movie A Bridge Too Far) and he's quite upset over this whole ordeal.

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#32 Holden West

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:15 AM

I can only find one little rendering:

http://www.bclocalne...s/85870717.html
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
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#33 D.L.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 10:15 AM

17 stories does seem too much too me. There is nothing else around and a tower of that height would really dominate. It might be okay if the design were stellar though. 12 stories does seem more reasonable since the neighbourhood is all lowrise.


Here's a rendering of a building simply labeled "Constance" on the Praxis Architecture website. Doesn't the legion site back onto Constance Avenue? Though I think there was another proposed tower further north on Constance a few years ago, so this could be that. This looks to be 14 stories.



http://www.praxisarc...Rconstance.html


Edit: Yeah, that tower is further north on the corner of Admirals and Woodley. Notice the blue sign - http://maps.google.c...188.95,,0,-9.82

#34 lmoe

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 06:51 AM

Yes, that image is of the proposal approved by the previous council for the land just south of Naden main entrance. Extending from Admirals to behind the Canex, it involves walk up buildings as well as that tower. When questioned about parking for tenants and visitors the developer said that with such excellent public transit so nearby and to encourage a greener approach to their project, they were asking for a variance to reduce the number of parking spots per unit in order to accommodate another walk-up building...
Unfortunately, that council was inclined to drink the kool-aid passed around by the guys in the shiny suits that night. Fortunately the economic downturn hit before these guys could start to dig and we sit and wait to see what it will all look like.
This is not the first time the Esquimalt Legion has been on the edge of collapse. When the smoking ban first became law, there was a flurry of feathers from that corner because this would break them. No one would go there to have a beer or play bingo; they must be granted an exemption...The building may as well implode etc. etc. etc...Well, last time I drove by there were cars in the parking lot. My mother-in-law still goes there for bingo every Tuesday night and it is as popular as it ever was: more so, in fact, as the lovely folk with the fluffy white hair don't have to put up with smelling like cigarette smoke on the long drive back home to Saanich, Oak Bay or where-ever they live.

#35 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 05:21 AM

Esquimalt to get taller

Times Colonist May 26, 2010

Esquimalt council has approved a change to its town plan that will allow for buildings up to 12 storeys in certain areas.


Read more: http://www.timescolo...l#ixzz0p2czvkSQ

#36 aastra

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 09:05 AM

Have we seen this website before?
http://www.monimos.c...tower/index.php

#37 Mike K.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 09:53 AM

The design is starting to look more and more like something you would see for a rezoning then then a flip.

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#38 Heraclitus

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 10:06 AM

I can help but feel that the Esquimalt Legion is attempting to construct a version of the infamous "View Towers" in the 600-block of Admirals Road. The proposed structure would be the largest building in the community among single and two story commercial buildings. The develop promises to be a major eyesore and could likely become one of the regions worst places to live.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:42 PM

I'm not seeing any similarities between this building and view towers. Not in design, height, size, landscaping, site, financing, or economic class.

Or is it just "all buildings bigger than my house are view towers" ?
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:49 PM

The Corvette and the Legion Towers appear to be two seperate development sites?

The Corvette to me, from the map on the web site, appears to be the BC Liquor store site.

The Legion seems to be a seperate development by Monimos. See Legion site on Monimos web page here:

http://www.monimos.c...tower/index.php

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