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#21 G-Man

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:38 PM

At the very least they could have tried for a unique commercial spot for a restaurant or cafe. Primerica had more vibrancy than this plan.

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#22 Mike K.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:23 AM

Yes, that is the plan. Herons Landing will contain the new headquarters of the development company (E Y Properties) behind this project and The Ardea will include two floors of above-ground parking. I'm sure the cost of building below-ground parking would have been prohibitively expensive and it is still a better alternative to surface parking.

I'm not sure if standard commercial is in demand on this corner ...yet. The good thing is that the usage can change as demand does. And for what its worth, a rental office for a company with multiple rental properties across this region will likely be busier than the Primerica offices ever were.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:41 AM

The muni could have demanded more for the corner this is a highly visible corner.

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#24 Mike K.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:50 AM

I'm not sure what you mean. It's a very nice design for an intersection that is otherwise lacking in any architectural merit.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:03 PM

I guess I mean that because of that fact there is no reason to not try to set the tone for the next fifty years.

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#26 D.L.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:25 PM

Six stories with ground floor commercial is a big improvement IMO.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:45 PM

I would completely agree if it had any commercial. It has a construction office that is it.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:46 PM

Six stories with ground floor commercial is a big improvement IMO.


True true! And actual commercial, not ponzi scheme commercial.
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#29 D.L.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 05:18 PM

I would completely agree if it had any commercial. It has a construction office that is it.

Last I checked office is commercial :teacher:

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 05:26 PM

Some have a uniform design philosophy, be it downtown, next to a huge mall, or in Fairfield. Gotta have ground floor retail, no matter how unviable, with no setback on a 10' sidewalk, no matter the potential for walk-by traffic. I like that aesthetic on dense commercial streets. Out in the middle of nowhere, it'd be pretty onerous on a developer.

#31 G-Man

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:13 PM

This is not the middle of nowhere this is a major intersection with a regional destination across the street. If it was a block in any direction I would not care but this is a huge blunder by Saanich IMO.

I am the first to agree that commercial does not need to go anywhere have a look at my posts I was against it at the Jukebox and supported Chard's decision to leave out commercial at the 834.

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#32 jklymak

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 01:47 PM

^ OK, fair enough. I still think it would be a bad idea at this intersection.

#33 Mike K.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 07:44 AM

I would completely agree if it had any commercial. It has a construction office that is it.


It's an apartment rental company office, not a construction office.

I really don't see what the big deal is here. The design looks great, commercial with individuals coming and going throughout the day is great, and rental housing is great. We have a trifecta of good in an area that hasn't seen much good of any kind in a very long time.

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#34 2F2R

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 10:26 AM

>>> Out in the middle of nowhere <<< would that make Cook Street Village the center of somewhere ...

>>> I still think it would be a bad idea at this intersection <<< never ending!

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:50 AM

I am happy to see two drug houses and an ugly 1980s two floor commercial building gone.

The location is not that good for retail or such because of a number of reasons. Ons is the parking - there would be no on street parking. Second is that the existing retail space in the area has an ongoing fairly high vacancy rate. Third, Saanich has done nothing to make Burnside road a better street for people to walk along which means many people choose streets like Maddock.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:43 AM

It's an apartment rental company office, not a construction office.

I really don't see what the big deal is here. The design looks great, commercial with individuals coming and going throughout the day is great, and rental housing is great. We have a trifecta of good in an area that hasn't seen much good of any kind in a very long time.


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#37 G-Man

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:58 PM

I don't agree. Decent buildings don't seem to be a problem on major thoroughfares in other cities.

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#38 cakeman

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 09:14 AM

Here are two photos taken Aug 29th of the site.


So which is it.. the coho in view royal in april (see header in photo) or heron/ardea..

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Anythings gotta be better than what was there before..

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#39 Mike K.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 09:27 AM

Thanks cakeman, I update the photo. SHIFT+REFRESH a couple of times if the old one continues to appear.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:10 PM

construction is now underway today

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