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#1 amor de cosmos

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:35 AM

Developer eyes Esquimalt Inn land

Proposal includes two 12-storey towers with retail-residential mix


By Carla Wilson, Times Colonist May 18, 2011

A Vancouver company wants to replace the Old Esquimalt Inn with a 168unit residential and commercial development featuring a pair of 12-storey towers.

Cambie-Malone's Corp., which operates several Vancouver hospitality businesses, said the $40-million development proposal will transform 852-856 Esquimalt Rd., where a pub, liquor store and parking lot are long-time fixtures on the busy street.

http://www.timescolo...1783/story.html

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#2 SamCB

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:12 AM

I live in the apartment building directly east of this site. Most of my windows overlook that parking lot. I'll lose my sunsets, but I'll gain a much better neighbor. Can't wait to see the drawings.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:16 AM

Of all the proposals in Esquimalt, I truly hope this one gets built. This is a much better location for a couple of midrise buildings than the proposal further down Admirals which would have seen a tower nestled in among single family dwellings.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 09:04 AM

As always, I request a staggering of the heights. Instead of 12 stories x 2 make them 11 stories and 13 stories or 10 stories and 14 stories or some such combination.

And get the ground floors right! Urban village, not strip mall!

#5 Layne French

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:53 PM

I'm not a fan of the "sky bridges" in the proposal, I have been a critic of overhead pedestrian walk ways in general and I doubt this one would alter this perception any if at all....

Rest of the proposal seems promising however

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:08 PM

^ Agree about the sky bridges.

^^ Yes, don't stress the height, get the street level (people level) right.
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#7 Holden West

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:27 PM

Wait a minute...that thing has a sky bridge? Why? Has this ever been a need that requires addressing? Are people in the Belvedere having a hard time getting to the Astoria?
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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:42 PM

It does seem odd unless there are amenities in one building that would not be able to get to without going outside in the other building. Still seems excessive...

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 09:06 PM

Seems to me a stretch going from running bars to building a mixed used residential and commercial development. Hope it works out for them.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:50 AM

^ My guess is that they will hire some people that have built and sold condos before.

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#11 aastra

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:31 AM

So do the bridges indicate that they're planning to go with exterior walkways instead of interior hallways? I'd say that's not good, although some ways of doing it are better than others.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 07:47 AM

In the hardcopy version of the articles there were pics but they don't seem to be online. I can't remember the specifics of it though.

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#13 amor de cosmos

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:49 AM

Neighbours welcomes towers plan for Old Esquimalt Inn site

They say change needed at rundown site


By Carla Wilson, Times Colonist May 21, 2011

Neighbours of the Old Esquimalt Inn welcome the idea of a $40-million mixeduse development on the pub site, although some want the height reduced on two condominium towers.


http://www.timescolo...2039/story.html

#14 aastra

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:50 AM

"I've never been really happy with what is here," said neighbour Willie MacGillivray.

"It needs a paint job, there's pressboard up there and that sort of stuff. If they could come in with a quality product here, I would listen to them."

As for 12 storeys, "it's a trade-off, right?" MacGillivray said. "If they get 12 storeys, what do we get?"


Read more: http://www.timescolo...l#ixzz1N0gmcLR3

A decent building, hopefully. Decent design, decent materials. That would be the best thing for the site. No waterslides or Ferris wheels. Just an attractive development.

#15 LJ

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:11 PM

^Yeah, I wondered about some of those comments when I read them.

Do they feel entitled to something?

They are going to get some new neighbours, quite a few of them.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:52 AM

City of Esquimalt seems to be enthusiastic about this project so far.



http://www.timescolo...2598/story.html

#17 SamCB

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 01:06 PM

Received notice in the mail today of a public hearing for this project scheduled for Nov 7 at 7pm at Esquimalt city hall.

#18 Mike K.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 03:48 PM

Esquimalt voters voted to approve this project (I believe this was the project tied to the election ballot, was is not?.

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#19 sdwright.vic

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 06:21 PM

Nope this was approval for the project next to city hall.
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#20 Mike K.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 11:31 PM

Ah. Also 12-storeys?

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