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#21 amor de cosmos

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:10 PM

^ I thought a detached garage with a unit on top or around the side but that would work too, but that might maybe even better.

let's hope the soil under these ones isn't contaminated, that would be devastating:


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 05:55 PM

Hoping that someone can shed some light on this. I understand that one of the steps that the City of Victoria takes to implement a heritage designation on a property is to add it to a so-called "heritage watch list." Is this an actual list and how would it impact a real estate transaction?

For example, the Hallmark Society has an endangered buildings list, as noted above. Number 12 on the list is "Smaller homes in James Bay, Fairfield, Fernwood, Gonzales, etc.' I mean I know that this isn't binding by any stretch, but what would happen if a property with an urban cottage was purchased, with the hopes to move the home and in-fill it with something of larger density? What tends to happen? Do you rouse the heritage beast MechaPam who will beat you to a pulp for suggesting to move a building whose intrinsic heritage value is merely that the building is of a certain age?

#23 Mike K.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 08:03 PM

I'm quite certain that unless it is actually designated as heritage the owner can do whatever he wants. Councillor Madoff was upset over the demolition of the BC Telephone Company building that predated the Atrium building but since it wasn't designated the developers came in and sacked it.

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#24 Rob Randall

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 08:41 PM

I understand that one of the steps that the City of Victoria takes to implement a heritage designation on a property is to add it to a so-called "heritage watch list."


Yes, that's the first step. It's called the Heritage Register. City Hall drives the bus on that one--sometimes the owner is blindsided by the appearance of their building on the register. The owners of the old Royal Bank on Douglas at Pandora were dismayed as it might put a hitch in any future development plan.

how would it impact a real estate transaction?


I guess that depends. For a house it might be a bit of a status symbol. For an underutilized commercial property it might scare developers away.

For example, the Hallmark Society has an endangered buildings list


Although they have somewhat of a common goal and no doubt some cozy relationships, there's no formal connection between the HS and City Hall.

Number 12 on the list is "Smaller homes in James Bay, Fairfield, Fernwood, Gonzales, etc.


This is a bit of a disturbing trend. It appears that the HS realizes they are losing the battle house by house and have come up with a new idea--designating entire clusters of houses, streets, and/or blocks of similar architecture, in short, attempting to preserve entire neighbourhoods, even if the houses themselves are rather ordinary. It's like a fire break to fend off the bulldozers.

I mean I know that this isn't binding by any stretch,


True. The next step would be Heritage Designation, (the bronze plaque) and that requires the co-operation of the homeowner. Heritage Designation cannot be forced on your property.

but what would happen if a property with an urban cottage was purchased, with the hopes to move the home and in-fill it with something of larger density? What tends to happen?


Depends. If it was on the registry, the demolition/alteration application would be referred to Heritage Advisory Committee and/or City Council. The could say, yeah, that's not a significant building and it's badly sited so we suppose you could do as you please. However, if it's felt the building is really worth saving they can throw more wrenches into the works than you can handle. Ask Clara Kramer what happens when your demo permit runs up against a loud public movement for preservation.

Do you rouse the heritage beast MechaPam who will beat you to a pulp for suggesting to move a building whose intrinsic heritage value is merely that the building is of a certain age?


Very possible. Don't forget, this is about quality and uniqueness, not just age. Many 1960s buildings are on the heritage watch list and don't be surprised to see 1970s buildings in the near future.

Disclaimer: just my observations, I'm no expert.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:26 PM

This is that building that used to sit at the Esquimalt Lagoon:



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#26 sebberry

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:24 PM

Please no more bickering!

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#27 Bernard

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:08 AM

This Building on Store St is going to be torn down on Dec 1.
The building is used as Kayak Storage for Ocean River Sports as well as a cabinet making shop.
Capital Iron is goping to be building a warehouse on the dock/ parking area being their current store. This buidling needs to go to make room for the construction as well as so that the FD has better access to the back lot.

The cabinet shop is currently liquidating all of its wood working equipment and it all appears to be quality stuff. Drop by and see the guy if you need anything from nuts and bolts and wood screws to most power tools one could think of.


Interesting building and I have never noticed it

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:07 PM

^^ Thanks for the heads up on Richard the guy with all the tools. He has a lot of stuff left to sell and his prices are reasonable. (Scotch and beer are as good as cash....if not better.)

#29 Mike K.

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:57 AM

This discussion on Ian's Coffee Shop/Turner's Building has been moved here.


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:25 AM

One of Robin Kimpton's infamous properties and the former home of accused Legislature bombing plotter John Nuttall is for sale.

 

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:44 AM

Cook and Empress - Corner Land Assembly for sale - offered at $2,000,000

Three city lots. 1111 Empress is 6324 ft2. 1121 Empress is 8668 ft2. 2321 Cook is 6361 ft2. A total of 21,353 ft2 buildable approximate.

If you look at the pictures, it is the four plex at 1111 Empress which you see. It is the property behind which you see some of the roof line of at 2321Cook Street and it is a house on a large lot to the left of the pictured fourplex (out of view). The two which face onto Cook have apartment zoning. The house to the left on Empress would require re zoning. Discussion sometime ago with the City of Victoria envisioned some 40 small units on 2321 Cook and 1111 Empress. The package now includes the larger assembly with 1121 Empress.

 

 

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#32 D.L.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:12 PM

I've heard the city has ordered the owner of 2321 Cook St. to demolish the building within 60 days.

 

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#33 thundergun

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:30 PM

^ Finally. Hopefully the demo team accidentally takes out the building just north of it as well and something of substance can go up along here.


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#34 jonny

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:59 PM

Thank goodness.



#35 sasamat

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:05 PM

What is the process for getting such a building demolished? Is there a period of time that has to pass before the building can be declared abandoned or does it have to degrade beyond a salvageable state? I ask because there's that multi-unit building on Rockland Ave in between Cook St and Linden Ave that was destroyed by fire last year. It's an eyesore. Crews came for a month and started doing work, but they stopped before winter. The upper windows were left open all winter/spring/summer (the doors and lower windows are boarded up). There's a fence around the property, but I know people are squatting there.



#36 Bingo

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:04 PM

I've heard the city has ordered the owner of 2321 Cook St. to demolish the building within 60 days.

 

https://www.google.c...hjOxgtjvB6Br0xw

 

Let's get on with the Turner building eyesore as well.



#37 Bingo

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:49 PM

The sign still looks good

 

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Not so much the building

 

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#38 Mike K.

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 05:30 AM

Westbank continues to flip us a middle finger after all these years. Good work, city council. You sure saved the day.

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#39 aastra

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 08:26 AM

But now we have an opportunity to add some much-needed green space.



#40 Nparker

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 08:36 AM

But now we have an opportunity to add some much-needed green space.

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