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Tapestry
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: 701 Belleville Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 15
Tapestry is a 15-storey mixed-use seniors rental and condominium residence with ground floor commercial space.... (view full profile)
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[James Bay] Tapestry / 701 Belleville Street | Seniors condos and rentals; commercial | 15- & 4-storeys | Approved


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#281 Casual Kev

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Posted 26 August 2020 - 04:35 PM

as long as the sale on seafoam spandrel doesn't return

 

But can there ever be enough seafoam spandrel?

 

 

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#282 Brantastic

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 10:20 AM

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#283 Nparker

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 10:36 AM

I think you've captured Tapestry's best angles Brantasitc.


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#284 Vin

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 03:04 PM

I was actually admiring the road, sidewalk, bike lanes, bollards and other street furniture. These are looking good!


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#285 Brantastic

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 03:53 PM

Yes! The crosswalk and pedestrian island at Blanshard and Belleville is an especially good improvement.



#286 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 05:09 PM

why so many bollards?



#287 Blue Steel

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 08:34 AM

Yes! The crosswalk and pedestrian island at Blanshard and Belleville is an especially good improvement.

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#288 Nparker

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 08:41 AM

Future bike lane extension through the grounds of St. Ann's Academy?



#289 aastra

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 09:23 AM

 

Future bike lane extension through the grounds of St. Ann's Academy?

 

Probably. Carving out a chunk of the St. Ann's Academy property for through traffic was part of the vision for reconfigured traffic flows down there even back in the 1960s. We have no end of examples to demonstrate how today's bright ideas tend to be the same musty old plans from generations earlier, just repackaged.

 

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#290 aastra

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 09:35 AM

Give me a choice between arbitrarily eating property for a bike path as versus arbitrarily eating property for a street extension and I'll take the bike path every time, but my point still stands about these never-ending traffic re-configurations. The supposed urgencies and necessities that will be used to justify such re-workings will tend to be very exaggerated if not 100% imaginary. Which is why so much of the work that gets done today will get undone or re-worked tomorrow.



#291 Rob Randall

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 09:57 AM

That 1970 plan probably called for a four-lane 40 mph straight shot. Gotta keep those Chryslers moving.


Edited by Rob Randall, 23 October 2020 - 09:57 AM.

“I mean I just don’t understand the big Texas part, like maybe he’s from Texas? I want to know the back story.”


#292 zoomer

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Posted 17 January 2021 - 09:28 PM

Saw a worker today doing touch ups on a balcony. Don’t think anyone has moved in yet, but the dining room is fully decked out - it’s on the ground corner nearest St. Anne’s.

Gotta say with this building that at least they got the brick work right, one of the best recent examples in the city.

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#293 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 05:01 AM

big "for lease" signs there.  will a restaurant give it a go?



#294 Barrrister

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 10:22 AM

Actually, I think the building turned out rather nice. Maybe the province can buy it and just move some of the druggies there.


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#295 zoomer

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 10:37 AM

Actually, I think the building turned out rather nice. Maybe the province can buy it and just move some of the druggies there.


OMG.. Wouldn't that be something! Well, the province is indicating that are looking beyond traditional hotels (none left) and seem to be hinting about a purchase that would be in excess of current needs. Hey it's right by the park too! I give this a 5% chance of happening, but if it does Barrister you'll be forever blamed for coming up with the idea in the first place.

I prefer my idea, turn over Government House and it's grounds. Already has fencing in place and plenty of deer for food.

#296 Barrrister

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 10:49 AM

Zoomer: Two horrible ideas between us. Of coarse building proper institutions to hold and treat these unfortunates who are either drug addicted or mentally ill is just too obvious a solution. What is being done now is absolutely criminal.


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#297 aastra

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 10:51 AM

 

Actually, I think the building turned out rather nice.

 

I'd say it's fine for what it is. There are things I like about it. But I also think it's not worthy of the prominent site. When you view it from other points on the harbour it's like a textbook example of putting something bland and ordinary in a prominent spot because we were afraid to put something distinctive and interesting there. The more a building tries hard to be inconspicuous, the more conspicuous it tends to be.


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#298 aastra

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 10:52 AM

 

The more a building tries hard to be inconspicuous, the more conspicuous it tends to be.

 

For further reference, see also the upper levels of Yates on Yates.



#299 Nparker

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 11:03 AM

..I also think it's not worthy of the prominent site...

More interesting options for the site were proposed over the years, but between the CoV council and the JBNA any "challenging" designs were swiftly rejected.



#300 zoomer

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 11:13 AM

The more a building tries hard to be inconspicuous, the more conspicuous it tends to be.


Hmmm, kind of like the Telus proposal down the road.. promising to be invisible through reflection of clouds and surroundings, yet at the same time frame the Empress, because well, it's hard to notice the Empress from the inner harbour. But I exaggerate and digress..

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