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Uptown Residential
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: Carey Road at Ravine Way
Municipality: Saanich
Region: Urban core
Storeys: 24
Uptown Shopping Centre's final phase of construction is proposed as a residential highrise with retail spaces,... (view full profile)
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[Saanich] Uptown Shopping Centre residential | 24-storeys | residential; commercial


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#21 sdwright.vic

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 02:11 PM

They are also rentals as well...
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#22 2F2R

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 02:46 PM

>>>I polled my family and everyone thought 9 was too tall<<<

 

And why does your family think nine floors are to tall ???

 

I know Pam has a valid reason ... to many floors block her view when she is driving around ... I bet your family has similar valid reasons ... groan!


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#23 Nparker

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 02:49 PM

...I polled my family and everyone thought 9 was too tall... 

Why is is 9 floors too tall?



#24 nagel

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 02:52 PM

>>>I polled my family and everyone thought 9 was too tall<<<

 

And why does your family think nine floors are to tall ???

 

I know Pam has a valid reason ... to many floors block her view when she is driving around ... I bet your family has similar valid reasons ... groan!

 

They have lots of reasons, and I'm not interested in listing them for someone hiding behind a pseudonym to pick apart.  They all love this city very much and believe what they believe deeply.  I don't always share the same views but I respect their opinions.  

 

It will certainly be interesting when this goes to council as we will hear lots of points from both sides.


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#25 Baro

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 03:19 PM

Who the hell cares how tall anything is out there, it's strip malls and car dealerships.  Will an 11 story building loom over the human-scale walmart?  Will the massing disrespect and clash with the historic strip malls?  Who cares if its 9 or 11 or 30.  There's nothing there to be "disrespected" or "loomed over" or what ever feelings people who are terrified by height put into words.


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#26 nagel

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 03:26 PM

This must be what they mean about people on the forum irrationally losing their minds whenever you question the height of a proposed building that needs rezoning.

#27 Nparker

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 03:52 PM

Speaking for myself, I'd love to read a rational explanation put forth as to why an 11 or 9 (or less) or whatever arbitrary height limit is required at this site. 


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#28 nagel

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 03:56 PM

Rational is subjective though. I find opposition to bike lanes in cook street irrational as they will carry more people then can possibly park in the lost spots, and the number of spots that would be lost on Vancouver is quite exponential.

#29 Mike K.

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:09 PM

I thought Uptown was supposed to have already ruined Victoria?

Fretting over an 11-storey building at Uptown is honestly the absolute least of our worries.

Anyways, it's a good fit. Certainly well short of the 650 units Morguard had initially planned for but some is better than nothing.
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#30 nagel

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:22 PM

Uptown's great. I'm just not sure people want it capped off with a building more than twice it's height. It's a fair question.

#31 aastra

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:22 PM

I moved to the Uptown area to get away from Oak Bay-sized apartment buildings.


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#32 Nparker

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:38 PM

Uptown's great. I'm just not sure people want it capped off with a building more than twice it's height. It's a fair question.

It may be a fair question but it is still odd reasoning, especially when 2, 36-storey residential towers were originally proposed for this site.



#33 sdwright.vic

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:41 PM

I would rent there... less of a commute to the gym.
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#34 Danma

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:51 PM

11 stories is fine. It could handle more, but the idea of having building with multiple floors seems to stun Saanich residents into a state of shock. I think it's a reasonable implementation and not overwhelming in mass.



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Posted 27 January 2016 - 05:37 PM

7 or 8.  7 if I had to bet.

 

any other photos or site plans?

Sadly I am in there all too often visiting my mother; you are correct, the Campus of Care is 7 floors.

 

I see one of the more strident of the anti-height brigade has come out in the form of a letter to the T-C, some rambling and utterly incoherent diatribe that this proposal has something to do with the UN Agenda 21 "plot". Poor old Greater Victoria, even an incredibly modest 11-storey proposal - which wouldn't raise an eyebrow anywhere in the country beyond East Saanich - can't see the light of day without howls of protest. 



#36 2F2R

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:09 PM

I just polled my family, it was unanimous ... 11 foors is to short.


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#37 nagel

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:18 PM

Awesome!

#38 JanionGuy

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:29 PM

I just polled my family, it was unanimous ... 11 foors is to short.

 

i dunno what a foor is, but if it's shorter than 8 feet, i think 11 isn't enough.  



#39 2F2R

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:44 PM

>>> i dunno what a foor is <<<

 

It's a spelling mistake! ... what is "dunno"



#40 aastra

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:44 PM

The number of units isn't bad but it just seems like an odd massing to me (judging from a single image, I should say). It just looks a bit too bulky and institutional, whereas I was expecting something more Hudson Walk-ish for some reason.

 

As long as it doesn't have a big blank face on one side it should be fine. Uptown's formula seems to be all about giving Victorians not quite what they expected -- maybe not even what they wanted -- but then eventually gaining broad acceptance despite the initial complaints.


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