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#2041 grantpalin

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 02:10 PM

Would hate to lose Fantastico. That's a great spot for sipping a latte and people-watching.


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#2042 Jackerbie

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 02:45 PM

Dev Tracker will likely have all of the details by the end of the week.  

 

I'm guessing that the proposal will be for a 4-6 storey rental apartment building with ground-level retail (which would likely match existing zoning) ... meaning the current tenants may have to relocate?

 

Sounds logical. Existing zoning allows commercial at grade with residences above, max. 15.5 m or 4 storeys total. That may be what the variance is for. Or parking. Guess we'll have to wait and see!



#2043 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 03:28 PM

It turns out that the application is for an expansion of the Fantastico storage garage attached to the building (along with a parking variance)...
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#2044 Nparker

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 03:31 PM

It turns out that the application is for an expansion of the Fantastico storage garage attached to the building (along with a parking variance)...

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#2045 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 12:55 PM

Dev Tracker now has an official application for development permit for 330 Michigan.

This has been previously discussed on the forum as it is the redevelopment of an existing 1980s CRH, housing complex with a new affordable housing development.


New details:
Unit count has increased from 98 to 106.
Architect is dHK.

Hopefully new renderings will be available soon.

Detailed plans are up on dev tracker now. 

 

The redevelopment of 330 Michigan will retain the current building that faces Superior St (9 units).  The new building will add 97 units as follows for 106 home total on site:  8 studios, 30 1-bedroom units (6 are accessible), 48 2-bedrooms, and 11 3-bedrooms.

 

The structure is one of the "widest" low-rise structures I've seen proposed in Victoria in some time (note that it reuses some of the existing parkade and foundation):

 

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#2046 Nparker

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 01:02 PM

...The structure is one of the "widest" low-rise structures I've seen proposed in Victoria in some time...

This ought to make the locals who fear anything taller than a telephone pole happy.


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#2047 AllseeingEye

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 09:26 PM

Only in a place like Victoria could anyone anywhere possibly think that design has any redeeming qualities whatsoever. Hopefully its just a (proposed) outcome because....feck me......that is one. ugly. building. design.

 

We know people here absolutely lose their s*** over anything "tall" - however that is defined - but even fans of short, fat and ugly buildings will never convince me this is a good looking development. Looks like something you'd have seen in Moscow in 1955....



#2048 Jackerbie

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:51 AM

OK after looking at the drawing package, there is a very, very important detail that is not apparent in the elevations. This project involves two wings linked by an overhead walkway.

 

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#2049 Nparker

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:52 AM

It's still ugly as ****.



#2050 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:05 AM

Thanks for including that information Jackerbie. 

 

Do you know what the design rationale is for including the overhead walkway?  I'm not an expert in reading architectural drawings, but it appears as if there may be just one set of elevators for residents of both wings...



#2051 TheCesspit

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:40 AM

I couldn't find if there was a thread on this already, but it looks like renovation/redevelopment of the Victoria Electric Railway Co. Building is underway. If I recall, plans called for workspaces for startups on the second level, and the addition of a coffee shop on Store Street.

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It also looks like work of some sort has begun at LeFevre's Powerhouse redevelopment across Pembroke Street from this building. Big signs are up dubbing the neighbourhood the "Powerhouse Precinct", stating that it will come with new roads, sidewalks, trees, etc. About 8-10 workers were outside, digging around.

 

Part of this work is to house the Kwench Co-working space on the top level.  They have extensive plans available at their current location on Fort Street and on their website: https://www.clubkwench.com/



#2052 Hotel Mike

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:58 AM

It's great to see some action in this area. That Powerhouse District could become the happening place in town.


Don't be so sure.:cool:

#2053 Jackerbie

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:15 AM

Thanks for including that information Jackerbie. 

 

Do you know what the design rationale is for including the overhead walkway?  I'm not an expert in reading architectural drawings, but it appears as if there may be just one set of elevators for residents of both wings...

 

Correct, there are two elevators located in the middle of the building, beside the breezeway. The project description also mentions that the breezeway acts as "a fictitious barrier between the front of the building and the play areas [behind the building] to promote safety at the intersections between the public, semi-private and private domains."



#2054 Nparker

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:18 AM

So glassed-in breezeways are fictitious?  :confused:



#2055 Jackerbie

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:21 AM

So glassed-in breezeways are fictitious?  :confused:

 

Architects have a special affinity for thesauri (I Googled it and it still feels wrong)


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#2056 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted Yesterday, 02:27 PM

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The 34-unit development previously discussed for Wilson Street in Vic West will go to CotW this coming July 25.  Staff support the application, and the developer is proposing to make 3 of the units 'affordable ownership' (15% below market in perpetuity); the staff report can be found at this link https://pub-victoria...ocumentId=42907 .


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#2057 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted Yesterday, 02:39 PM

Also:  945 Pembroke is going to a public hearing this Thursday July 25 at Council's evening meeting.  This rental proposal includes one affordable unit and it was unanimously supported at CotW.

 

Report:

 

https://pub-victoria...ocumentId=42886



 



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