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Residences at the Empress
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: 700 Douglas Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 8
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#261 Nparker

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 11:37 AM

No great loss. This desperately needs to go back to the drawing board.



#262 IPH

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 02:07 PM

Rezoning file no longer exists, we're back in the dark on this one

 

The development tracker says city staff were reviewing changes to the proposal and provided comments back to the applicant on Oct 4, 2019.  Based on that I would say it still exists and is back alive.  But no updated drawings are provided so your right that we are still in the dark.


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#263 Jackerbie

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 02:14 PM

The development tracker says city staff were reviewing changes to the proposal and provided comments back to the applicant on Oct 4, 2019.  Based on that I would say it still exists and is back alive.  But no updated drawings are provided so your right that we are still in the dark.

 

Well would you look at that, it reappeared! I was getting nothing but error messages this morning


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#264 m3m

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 12:08 PM

In the Humboldt Valley Committee's latest newsletter:

 

BOSA (Empress/former PCL Bus Station Site) Development Back in Play
As of October 4th, 2019, revised plans for the development of a mixed use rental building at 700 Douglas had been reviewed by City staff, circulated to City departments, and the development process re-activated. The City has asked the applicant for further information. When this is received, a planning report will go to Council’s Committee of the Whole. That would initiate a public hearing at City Council and a City decision on the development application. Because that would likely be the last opportunity for public input, we will try to circulate information on the project. 

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#265 Kungsberg

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 03:05 PM

The eyesore that's there now is receiving a paint job....

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#266 Nparker

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 03:07 PM

Lipstick on a pig.


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#267 Kungsberg

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 03:11 PM

Lipstick on a pig.

I was going to write that but thought I would leave it to you  :thumbsup:


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#268 Jackerbie

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 03:18 PM

I hate finding fault in the Dev Tracker because so many municipalities refuse to post anything, but this is another case of DP drawings hidden as there are no variances requested. Not sure when exactly the application came in, but there is a DP in circulation in addition to the rezoning (which is live on the Dev Tracker but includes no updates)



#269 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 30 April 2020 - 10:45 AM

Oddly enough, new plans were posted on Dev Tracker this week but they are backdated to July 2019.

 

The new plans no longer show a perspective rendering but here's an elevation: 

 

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#270 Nparker

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Posted 30 April 2020 - 10:54 AM

Without a more detailed rendering it's rather hard to to know how this plan compares to the earlier proposal.



#271 Mike K.

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Posted 30 April 2020 - 02:36 PM

From the looks of it the changes might not be too significant, design-wise.

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#272 Nparker

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Posted 30 April 2020 - 02:38 PM

From the looks of it the changes might not be too significant, design-wise.

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#273 Jackerbie

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Posted 01 May 2020 - 11:17 AM

From the looks of it the changes might not be too significant, design-wise.

 

Design is pretty much the same it looks like. The residential floor area is down slightly but the unit count is up from 72 to 73. Commercial floor area is increased.

 

The building envelope has been changed completely. The previous proposal was wider at the east end and tapered to the west. The new proposal looks like a bowtie and has much better street walls.

 

The single most important change IMHO though is the ground floor. The original proposal had a blank wall along Belleville to screen the parkade entrance. They have added a CRU here, which will be incredibly difficult to program but it's better than the wall. They've also added a residential entrance through a lounge on Belleville, with the main entry still off of the autocourt. The revised proposal appears to hit the ground a hell of a lot better.

 

July 2017 (previous)

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July 2019 (revised)

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#274 Rob Randall

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Posted 01 May 2020 - 11:40 AM

What do you mean by difficult to program?


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#275 Jackerbie

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Posted 01 May 2020 - 12:55 PM

What do you mean by difficult to program?

 

The future tenant will have to be creative with the floor plan


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