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University Heights, building A
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: 3956 Shelbourne Street
Municipality: Saanich
Region: Urban core
Storeys: 6
University Heights, building A is proposal for a six-storey mixed-use rental and retail complex at Cedar Hill ... (view full profile)
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#221 Mike K.

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 09:42 AM

https://www.saanichn...unity-concerns/

Did Saanich News get the drop on citified with this scoop?


Sure did!

They would have bought advertising to promote the open houses, which would have been passed on to the reporters as a news piece.

The real goods will be when the new vision is released.

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#222 Jackerbie

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 08:57 AM

For those interested, updated drawings are up on Saanich's website: https://www.saanich....ordon-head.html

 

University Heights is near the bottom of the page. Direct link to elevations here: https://www.saanich....0191009elev.pdf



#223 Mike K.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:20 AM

Do we have a unit breakdown per building? The original proposal had 360 and the new proposal has 528.


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#224 Mike K.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:21 AM

Here's the site plan:

 

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#225 Rob Randall

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 05:07 PM

Open House on the redevelopment tonight.


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#226 Nparker

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 05:31 PM

This will probably end up being a single level strip mall with a big surface parking lot by the time the locals are done debating it.



#227 Rob Randall

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:01 PM

It has been changed quite a bit. Height is down and unit count is way up. Over 500 rental units. 

 

It's no longer a concrete build. The amount of piles and caissons required to support the weight made it impractical. Now it's wood frame on a raft. 

 

The complex is more outward-facing. There's more public space inside. A mix of studio, one, two, and three bedroom units. A significant affordable housing contribution.

 

The overall design doesn't strike me as being as interesting as the initial plan but it works for me. 

 

The usual neighbour complaints about 272 residential parking spaces not being enough for 500-odd apartment units but I'm sure that's a good amount for a rental project at this location. 


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"[Randall's] aesthetic poll was more accurate than his political acumen"

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#228 Nparker

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:39 PM

...The overall design doesn't strike me as being as interesting as the initial plan.... 

In other words it's been Victorianized or as I now like to call the dumbing down of perfectly good proposals, it's been "northern junked".


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#229 grantpalin

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 09:06 AM

Anything on whether the movie theater would be retained?



#230 Rob Randall

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 09:32 AM

^You know, I did not ask that. I did last time and I got a lukewarm "possibly" so I think the answer is no. They did have a "wish list" of prospective local and international tenants. Places like Discovery Coffee, Oak Bay Bikes or Russ Hay Bikes, White Spot,Bin 4 Burger, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs etc.


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#231 Citified.ca

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 08:59 PM

Saanich's J.J. Morgan Restaurant to close after decades in business as University Heights redev nears
https://victoria.cit...ts-redev-nears/
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#232 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 08 June 2020 - 03:54 PM

Mods:  this project is active again in a different form.

 

Over 600 units are planned.  Details:  https://www.cheknews...heights-671222/

 

New rendering:

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#233 Jackerbie

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 07:53 AM

The project website has also been updated and includes a detailed proposal document

http://universityheightsvictoria.com/

http://universityhei...Final-web-1.pdf


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#234 lanforod

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 08:01 AM

Not sure I like this at all. 


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#235 Nparker

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 08:12 AM

It does feel a bit "dumbed down" from the earlier proposal.



#236 max.bravo

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 10:38 AM

The thing that irks me most is the sea of 5-storey roofs. So boring.

 

I wish we could lose the fear of heights- if only to get some visual interest from a development like this. I'd gladly take an 8-10 storey "tower" here in exchange for some roofline interest. 


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#237 grantpalin

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 10:50 AM

From https://www.cheknews...heights-671222/:

However, one of the more popular amenities that will not be retained in the new development is the movie theatre.

 

“Unfortunately, the movie theatre doesn’t form part of the redevelopment plan,” Harris explained. “The movie theatre is in a location next to Home Depot and is sub-basement. So, when we bring down the existing mall … that movie space becomes part of the parkade.”

So that question is answered.



#238 grantpalin

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 11:42 AM

Via the I Grew Up In Gordon Head Facebook group discussion (https://www.facebook...81366615262567/)

 

I was at a site meeting last week with the developer. All the current tenants have to close by March 2021. Then demolition begins.


#239 PPPdev

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 03:48 PM

have we learned nothing from Uptown?



#240 RFS

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 04:07 PM

have we learned nothing from Uptown?

 

That it's successful? 


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