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#2441 grantpalin

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 10:17 PM

Work continues at the Menzies St gas station. It's been really stripped down. A banner (not pictured) trumpeted a summer opening, not too sure how likely that is.

 

Also looks like the nice mural on the back wall is being covered up.

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#2442 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 11:58 AM

Next week (July 23) Fairfield CALUC will be considering another rental proposal: 

 

Preliminary Meeting: 1042-1044 Richardson – The proposal is for the construction of a 18 unit purpose built rental building. The property currently consists of 5 rental units over two buildings.


#2443 Brantastic

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 09:36 PM

I'm patiently awaiting comments along the lines of: "bUt HoW wIlL pPl GeT tO tHeIr HoUsE oN RiChArDsOn If ItS a BiKe RoUtE?????"



#2444 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 04:34 PM

The Charlesworth- a proposal for a 5 storey rental at 1015 Cook Street- is going to a public hearing on July 23.

#2445 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 22 July 2020 - 07:35 PM

It looks like the Bank Street School is going to be redeveloped.

From South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association:

Development Update re Bank Street School
We received a letter, 25 June 2020, from the District Associate Superintendent of the School District informing us that they are delaying the opening of Sundance as an SD61 elementary school until September 2021 due to the pandemic. They are planning to change the property at Bank St & Leighton to increase enrolment capacity by either demolishing or renovating the building. Currently there is no time line in place.

We have been informed that the current tenant of the Bank Street School, the Victoria College of Art is leaving those premises and the resident caretaker has been asked to move out. This venue has been used by the SJNA for more than 20 years, serving as a meeting place and for recycle, as well as other neighbourhood activities. Concerns expressed that the SJNA is not being engaged in any consultation with the School District about the possible renovation/demolition of this building. Residents are also concerned that if the building is left empty for a long period of time, it could be vandalized and become an unattractive safety hazard.

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#2446 Mike K.

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Posted 22 July 2020 - 07:39 PM

Nice! Thank you for the heads-up.
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Posted 22 July 2020 - 07:51 PM

From SD61: The Greater Victoria School District expects two classes of Kindergarten students for the 2020-21 school year as it gradually starts to introduce classes to this school site. These students will have access to two custom-designed learning studios on the property with brand new technology packages, a new fully landscaped outdoor classroom, and additional resources to provide optimal learning environments.

 

No mention on SD61's website of a demolition of the old school building.


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#2448 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 03:23 PM

The Charlesworth- a proposal for a 5 storey rental at 1015 Cook Street- is going to a public hearing on July 23.

Did anyone catch council on Thursday?  I'm curious about whether or not this project was approved.



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Posted 27 July 2020 - 04:17 PM

The Charlesworth- a proposal for a 5 storey rental at 1015 Cook Street- is going to a public hearing on July 23.

 

Did anyone catch council on Thursday?  I'm curious about whether or not this project was approved.

 

Approved with Cllr. Young opposed. Neighbours had expressed concerns with the height of the building (apparently there was an earlier 4 storey proposal) and that the number of units combined with lack of parking would place pressure on the available street parking.


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 08:50 PM

1176 Yates - former boarding house owned by Robin Kimpton, the original city order last year for demolition has long since passed. I talked to Mr. Kimpton at the site last year, where he indicated that he had plans to build a four storey apartment building on the site. Of course nothing happened, last weekend I saw another gentleman with his company vehicle looking at the site. He indicated they had investors out earlier that day, and was planning to go to city hall on Monday (of last week) to purchase the property for back taxes owing to the city. He said demolition and removal alone would cost 3 million dollars due to hazardous materials and the city had mandated a new 60 day deadline for demolition. The gentleman indicated they were looking at a six storey apartment building for the site. He also said there had been two suspicious fires at the location in the last month, but luckily the firehall is close by. Not sure what happened with their request to city hall..
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#2451 zoomer

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 08:57 PM

Bit of trivia, John Nuttall used to live at 1176 Yates:

https://www.thompson...-bands-1.340698

And I suppose is back living in Victoria again. Just not near the legislature...

#2452 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 03:15 AM

The cost of each rental space will vary, but for a studio will be about $1,000 to $1,215 per month, one-bedroom about $1,375, two-bedroom $2,100, and three bedrooms will cost approximately $1,125 and $2,500 per month.

 

The project is being built through BC Housing’s HousingHub program, in partnership with Aryze Developments. HousingHub is providing up to $17.2 million towards construction of the project, which is aimed to be completed by spring next year.

 

Including these homes, the province is looking to build more than 3,400 affordable homes in the Capitol Regional District.

 

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....on-in-victoria/

 

see if you can make any sense of all that.


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#2453 Jackerbie

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 09:58 AM

 

The cost of each rental space will vary, but for a studio will be about $1,000 to $1,215 per month, one-bedroom about $1,375, two-bedroom $2,100, and three bedrooms will cost approximately $1,125 and $2,500 per month.

 

The project is being built through BC Housing’s HousingHub program, in partnership with Aryze Developments. HousingHub is providing up to $17.2 million towards construction of the project, which is aimed to be completed by spring next year.

 

Including these homes, the province is looking to build more than 3,400 affordable homes in the Capitol Regional District.

 

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....on-in-victoria/

 

see if you can make any sense of all that.

 

 

Probably something to do with the eligibility criteria. I imagine that the rent is tied to income, which is why the projected rents have such an odd spread.


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#2454 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 10:00 AM

i think it's just an editing error.

 

initially they just planned to give a range but then they inserted unit pricing by forgot to fix the last part.

 

capitol is just a spelling mistake.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 July 2020 - 10:02 AM.

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#2455 Mike K.

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 12:09 PM

The paid version has it all figured out.

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#2456 Mike K.

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 01:01 PM

Press release from GMC Projects regarding The Charlesworth which was approved last month.

 

City of Victoria approves proposal by GMC Projects for mixed use commercial and rental apartment homes 

 

The development will be a transformation of the existing single-family home on-site into The Charlesworth – by the same developers behind the restoration of the historic Bell Apartments 

 

VICTORIA, B.C., August 5, 2020 - Spanning 7,200 sq. ft in size, the property is located at 1015 Cook Street in the Fairfield neighbourhood – along the east side of Cook Street, between Meares and Rockland Avenue.

 

The approval of the proposal paves way for the development of a five-storey building, with 28 secured market rental homes and three live/work spaces at the ground level – bringing together history, housing, and sustainability.

 

Operating on the principle of re-using and not discarding, GMC Projects will be conscientiously unbuilding the existing structure at 1015 Cook Street. Original materials will be re-used within The Charlesworth, including the stained-glass windows that will be backlit as a feature in the lobby.

 

“By re-using original materials, we will not only be preserving the environment by reducing landfill waste, but we will also be re-purposing a piece of history,” says Jordan Milne, president and CEO of GMC Projects.

 

Art and authenticity play a significant role in GMC Projects’ revitalization efforts. The developer has planned to create a mural on The Charlesworth to pay homage to a past resident of the Bell Apartments, Mr. Alick Thomas Bentall Charlesworth. Mr. Charlesworth served as a pilot in World War One and tragically lost his life in the war at the young age of 23. 

 

“The new mural will feature nods to Mr. Charlesworth’s past, such as the DH4 bomber - the plane he flew, and the number 88 – to reflect the 88th battalion with which he left Victoria and served,” says Milne.

 

The Charlesworth will also feature a rooftop space – complete with a full outdoor kitchen with two gas BBQs, an eat-in bar, a formal dining space, an artificial turf games space, a chaise lounge and sectional seating areas. The space is designed to fuel social interaction and will be shared with residents of the adjacent Bell Apartments.

 

To support a more sustainable transportation model within the community, The Charlesworth will have a multi-modal transportation model that prioritizes healthy forms of transportation, in biking and walking, given the 92-walk score and 100 bike score, while providing space for three Modo car share vehicles. Each resident of The Charlesworth will receive a free Modo membership - and $100 in usage credits.

 

“We believe in prioritizing people, over cars, and creating places and spaces that encourage a healthy lifestyle – which cannot ignore how people get around,” says Milne. “Beyond the health benefits to the individuals living at The Charlesworth – the reduced emissions will help our City, Province and Country meet our climate action targets.”

 

Construction is set to begin in January 2021.


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#2457 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 06:14 AM

The Charlesworth- a proposal for a 5 storey rental at 1015 Cook Street- is going to a public hearing on July 23.

 

The City of Victoria has approved a five-storey residential development for Cook Street.

 

The Charlesworth will replace a single-family home at 1015 Cook St. with 28 secured market rental homes and three live/workspaces at the ground level.

 

Developer GMC Projects says construction will focus on “re-using and not discarding,” by using original materials from the existing structure in the Charlesworth, including the stained-glass windows, to be backlit in the apartment’s lobby.

 

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....-war-one-pilot/


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#2458 Mike K.

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 06:21 AM

No press release, no news!
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#2459 RFS

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:04 AM


The City of Victoria has approved a five-storey residential development for Cook Street.


The Charlesworth will replace a single-family home at 1015 Cook St. with 28 secured market rental homes and three live/workspaces at the ground level.


Developer GMC Projects says construction will focus on “re-using and not discarding,” by using original materials from the existing structure in the Charlesworth, including the stained-glass windows, to be backlit in the apartment’s lobby.





https://www.vicnews....-war-one-pilot/


'New development will pay homage to fallen World War One pilot'

Isitt is NOT going to like that!

#2460 Nparker

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:06 AM

'New development will pay homage to fallen World War One pilot' - Isitt is NOT going to like that!

Perhaps he thought it was a fallen Russian pilot.


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