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Cityzen Residences
Uses: condo, commercial
Address: 613 Herald Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 6
Condo units: 32 (1BR)
Sales status: sold out / resales only
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[Downtown Victoria] Cityzen Residences (613 Herald Street) | Condos; commercial | 6-storeys | Excavation


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#181 Nparker

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 04:21 PM

Activity on site today.

Hopefully it involves the designation of a better name. This site has had the worst names ever. Kunju (which a friend of mine thought was an slur against 2 separate ethnic groups) and now "City-zen".



#182 nagel

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 10:38 AM

They're digging around in this site and putting piles in.  Too bloody cold to stop to take photos though.



#183 Linear Thinker

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 05:58 PM

Friday January 20. 

 

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#184 FirstTimeHomeCrier

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 04:36 PM

Pre-sales are starting and floorplans are up on the website. Looks like it starts around $289 for 505 square feet. All the floorplans I see are 500-600 square feet. No parking, as far as I can tell, just bike storage and modo car share. This one is only slightly out of my price range, but since my partner has a car, I think the lack of parking is a deal breaker.



#185 Nparker

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 04:44 PM

Pre-sales are starting and floor plans are up on the website...

This project is a perfect example of how the CoV's approval process adds to the cost of housing. Had this been approved and completed when it was first proposed the market it sold into would have been entirely different. Today, with the extremely limited housing supply, Cityzen is likely selling for at least 20% more than it would have at the time of the first (Kunju) proposal.


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#186 nagel

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 05:40 PM

This project is a perfect example of how the CoV's approval process adds to the cost of housing. Had this been approved and completed when it was first proposed the market it sold into would have been entirely different. Today, with the extremely limited housing supply, Cityzen is likely selling for at least 20% more than it would have at the time of the first (Kunju) proposal.


Don't blame the CoV for the horrible designs they've been pushing for this site. There's a reason they went to ADP. They sucked.

#187 Jackerbie

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 05:42 PM

This project is a perfect example of how the CoV's approval process adds to the cost of housing. Had this been approved and completed when it was first proposed the market it sold into would have been entirely different. Today, with the extremely limited housing supply, Cityzen is likely selling for at least 20% more than it would have at the time of the first (Kunju) proposal.

Wasn't this one approved back in 2008?



#188 Nparker

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 05:46 PM

Don't blame the CoV for the horrible designs they've been pushing for this site....

The city has been fiddling with minor variations on the current design for at least 2 years.



#189 nagel

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 05:48 PM

The city has been fiddling with minor variations on the current design for at least 2 years.


Last one I saw should have been binned IMO.

#190 Nparker

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 06:38 PM

No one is ever going to mistake this project with the Taj Mahal; but I am not entirely sure it required 5 years of back-and-forth with the city.



#191 nagel

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 07:10 PM

No one is ever going to mistake this project with the Taj Mahal; but I am not entirely sure it required 5 years of back-and-forth with the city.


I think it takes two to tango on that level of delays. Each time you don't like what the other party wants you can add months and months. Sometimes you just gotta give a little.

Anyways the design still sucks. I'd rather have a Timmys with a Drivethru.

#192 Nparker

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 07:12 PM

...Anyways the design still sucks...

That's sort of my point. We could have had a "sucky" design with people living in it 5 years ago. Now it's just going to cost a whole lot more for an equally ho-hum project.



#193 Mike K.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 07:16 PM

I think, but I'm uncertain, that the original design had been approved. The reasons behind the subsequent decision to redesign I don't know, but they now have more units and higher density.

It definitely worked in favour of the developer.
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#194 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:08 AM

Does anyone have an update on this project- has it moved into the construction phase?



#195 Nparker

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:14 AM

Does anyone have an update on this project- has it moved into the construction phase?

It had the last time I walked past a couple of weeks ago.



#196 Mike K.

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:34 AM

Yup, they're now building it. It's also fully sold out based on the info I've received. Odd how the sales phase was never really marketed.
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#197 G-Man

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 08:22 PM

This is actually going up pretty quick now!

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#198 Nparker

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:06 PM

It's a shame that in the era of the Chung Wah Mansion, such a suburban-style setback was in vogue. Perhaps this latest development will inspire a rebirth on the other side of Herald Street.



#199 JanionGuy

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 12:20 PM

This building is going up really fast. 

 

Here are some photos from 2016 and today.

 

 

The empty lot, Feb 2016:

 

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Jan 17, 2018

 

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#200 Nparker

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 12:26 PM

This is the site between Chung Wah Mansions and 1725 Government (old Victoria Brake site). Four storey condo with ground floor retail...

 

This building is going up really fast...

After a "brief" period of only 9 years in the planning phase. ;)

 

The street wall being created here is really nice. I'd love to see it replicated across the road.



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