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727 Johnson Street
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Address: 727 Johnson Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 5
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[Downtown Victoria] 727 Johnson Street | 5-storeys | Rentals; commercial | Built | Completed in 2020


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#41 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 12:20 PM

Are there any updates on this project?  Has council approved the conversion to rental units?



#42 Mr Cook Street

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 12:50 PM

Are there any updates on this project?  Has council approved the conversion to rental units?

Great question, I've been wondering about this one too.



#43 Rob Randall

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 07:19 PM

It's all scaffolded up so something seems to be going on.

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#44 Linear Thinker

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 09:42 PM

Development Tracker says:

 

Revised plans received August 8

Council processes remaining;

Bylaw and Notice preparation

Council Meeting - Bylaw introduction

Council Meeting - Set Hearing Date

Council Meeting - Public Hearing

 

I believe it was last in front of COTW May 19.



#45 Nparker

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 09:54 PM

And the approval process has been fast-tracked how by our current council?

#46 aastra

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 04:20 PM

I just don't get why they want to cover over the top part of the ground floor windows. Especially on north-facing storefronts.

 

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Whenever a historic building got a misguided modernization treatment in Victoria they almost always covered over the upper part of the ground floor windows and thus made the ground floor look shorter than it really is/was.

 

So here we are in 2016 and modernization 2.0 is now underway on this building, and it looks like they're going to follow the same formula.

 

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(Check out the changes to the ground floor on the building next door, too. So are those authentic ground floors really so impractical in the modern age?)


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#47 Nparker

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 04:39 PM

That one-storey building sure looks out of place when you see then entire block like that. Let's hope it gets redeveloped soon as well.

And for heaven's sake, get rid of the BLUE on the Odeon. It's fugly.



#48 Linear Thinker

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 05:03 PM

One change that was made to get to this point is that both the additional floors are set back so a pedestrian on the opposite sidewalk can't see them.

That is, the first additional floor is set back from the existing roof, then the second additional floor is set further back from the first.



#49 Nparker

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 05:56 PM

One change that was made to get to this point is that both the additional floors are set back so a pedestrian on the opposite sidewalk can't see them...

Because we know how many pedestrians are injured and killed in Victoria when they see 6-floor buildings. It's this sort of concern for my safety that makes me so proud of my local government.


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#50 Brantastic

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:13 AM

Anyone have any idea what's going on with this one? The building has been deconstructed to just its bare bones and no activity has occurred since. I believe it's been well over a year. Some, but not all, of the scaffolding is gone. What's the hold up?



#51 G-Man

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:08 AM

They were working on it about three weeks ago.

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It has a whole new look!

 


#52 AllseeingEye

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 06:10 PM

Here is a shot from the 6th floor of the Birk's Building this morning; I was in a project meeting that was dragging so quickly snapped this shot.

 

There are definitely several guys on site working and as you can see the facade and walls are essentially being held up by the bracing. Looks like a new floor/roof is slowly getting done. Since I'm looking at it here from the "back" Yates Street perspective, I was wondering which project this was......

 

 

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#53 aastra

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 04:39 PM

With the front being all torn open now you can really get a feel for how tall the ground level is on this place.

 

Old pic for reference...



#54 sdwright.vic

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:09 PM

This is another dragging through time project.
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#55 Brantastic

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 10:02 AM

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Signs on the outside say that 30 "luxury" 1-2 bedroom units will be available October 1, starting at $1600. It also looks like Oxygen Yoga and Fitness will be opening up another location on the ground floor. They currently have one at the Royal Oak Shopping Centre.

On the subject of fitness studios, another one (called Annex Fitness) is opening up on Yates Street next to Giant Bicycles, though I think signs for this have been up for awhile now. At this rate, we may need a "Fitness Studio Comings and Goings" thread. 



#56 Mike K.

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 10:43 AM

This project, I thought, was to have restored the original facade of the building but it doesn't look like that's how it actually proceeded.


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#57 shoeflack

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:06 PM

This project, I thought, was to have restored the original facade of the building but it doesn't look like that's how it actually proceeded.

 

They have essentially done it. They have gone back to the original layout of the windows and such....removed the arches, etc.

 

Original facade and post-1960's facade:

 

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#58 shoeflack

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:16 PM

A better side-by-side comparison. Seems as though they've hit their mark.

 

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#59 Nparker

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:18 PM

They've even recreated the boarded-up/missing window on the 3rd floor. Now that's attention to detail.


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#60 Mike K.

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:18 PM

Would it have not been brick, the original?

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