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#1 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 10:42 AM

Renovation planned for derelict Fan Tan building

By Robert Randall • Published on Friday, July 9, 2010 • Categorized as Construction & Land Development, Heritage, Local News
 

A historic Fan Tan Alley building is set for a dramatic rejuvenation as a market rental apartment building.

The Hoy Sung Ning Yung Benevolent Association, which owns the 80 year old building at 540 Pandora Avenue is looking to build an extra storey or two on top of the Italianate-style brick building in order to pay for the extensive renovations required to bring it up to code.


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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:23 AM

Sounds good. I'm not so certain they'll find the economics work though, but I hope they do.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:39 AM

I think the difference is an Association is undertaking it and they will have the patience to wait for the rental income to pay off the costs. Their main goal is maintaining the building, not turning a quick profit. It's a great building that will be spectacular when completed.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:41 AM

It would be wonderful to have that old building spruced up a bit. Now all they need to do is get something happening where Bambu was supposed to go.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:44 AM

There is a new proposal for the Buckerfield's/former Bambu lot. It hasn't been presented to Council yet.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:47 AM

I think the difference is an Association is undertaking it and they will have the patience to wait for the rental income to pay off the costs. Their main goal is maintaining the building, not turning a quick profit. It's a great building that will be spectacular when completed.


I know, but look at all the other buildings downtown that have vacant upper floors, that are already built. Nobody is making them into rental housing.

So this building has some structure that needs shoring up, free land, potential to go higher with new structure and a 10-year tax holiday. But that's not much different than a church or something (Esquimalt Legion?) that has free land. And they can still not afford to build rental structures on that land that even break even.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 12:05 PM

I'd love to see this happen and wish them luck. I just hope they do something interesting for the addition and not some bland langfordesq siding box like the Soda Water addition. Do something funky, this sort building is begging for something funky, and that's the market they'll be going after for rentals too.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 07:41 PM

I know, but look at all the other buildings downtown that have vacant upper floors, that are already built. Nobody is making them into rental housing.


What about those buildings on Yates, aren't they rental?

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 07:48 PM

What about those buildings on Yates, aren't they rental?


Nobody is making them into rental housing except that Yates St. building.


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Posted 11 August 2010 - 04:47 PM

as for the buckerfields lot... they should put it back to what it was a long long loooooooooooooooong time ago. anybody wanna guess what that was?

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:07 PM

as for the buckerfields lot... they should put it back to what it was a long long loooooooooooooooong time ago. anybody wanna guess what that was?


A granary and feed store that the trains came right into?

Perhaps you means even longer ago.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 09:42 PM

i didnt know the trains went into there. i also didnt know there was a granary there either. but my time period is about the same as yours so one of us has to be wrong.

my sources tell me it used to house gambling dens separated by alleys, but the lot was predominantly a large chinese theatre (similar to macphearson style).

anybody want to verify which version is correct?

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:02 PM

Both of you are pretty much correct.

http://web.uvic.ca/v...theatreweb.html
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:35 AM

And

http://www.swanshote.../ourhistory.php

#15 Mike K.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:31 AM

A thread focused on community concerns over this project has been separated from this thread and can be accessed here.

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 01:34 PM

http://www.timescolo...1471/story.html

Hmmm, I hope council don't pull a "Rogers Chocolates" by doing something wrong here.
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Posted 19 June 2011 - 08:19 PM

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 11:07 AM

So this got the nod the other day, yes?

Anybody know if they're going to restore those partly boarded-up windows to their original size/shape? I sure hope so.

Did nobody make a fuss about that when they were stewing about their heritage concerns?

#19 Mike K.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:17 PM

Work has now begun on the renovation of the Hoy Sun Ning Yung building.

 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

Work has now begun on the renovation of the Hoy Sun Ning Yung building.

Oh goody, another opportunity to slap some cheap-ass hardieplank on 100 year old buildings in the name of preservation.



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