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[Fairfield] 1120-1128 Burdett Avenue | Rentals | 4-storeys | Cancelled in 2018


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#61 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 07:00 AM

Council declined to approve this project last night: https://www.cheknews...irfield-422016/

#62 Nparker

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 07:12 AM

Council declined to approve this project last night...

And yet somehow thousands of "affordable" housing units are going to get built?



#63 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 08:59 AM

And yet somehow thousands of "affordable" housing units are going to get built?

Were these units intended to be subsidized and/or affordable?  I had thought that the proposal was to build market rentals, though the addition of net new market rentals would have increased supply and potentially exerted some downward pressure on rent prices overall.



#64 Nparker

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 09:08 AM

Were these units intended to be subsidized and/or affordable?...

I only meant that if a innocuous project like this takes years to get approved, how can anyone expect a deluge of affordable housing is going to suddenly appear?



#65 aastra

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 09:26 AM

 

I only meant that if a innocuous project like this takes years to get approved, how can anyone expect a deluge of affordable housing is going to suddenly appear?

 

It's all lip service, faux-principles, and that familiar Victorian forked tongue. But no worries, the "rental crisis" message will resume playing again after the pause.

 

Seriously, a 4-frickin' story rental apartment block in Fairfield...

 

Anyway, add it to the pile of thwarted rental projects, in a community supposedly desperate for new rental projects.


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#66 aastra

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 09:29 AM

But aastra, these would have been nice new rentals (for rich people). Victoria needs crappy new rentals.


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#67 Nparker

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 11:26 AM

But aastra, these would have been nice new rentals (for rich people). Victoria needs crappy new rentals.

Imagine the outrage by the neighbours if the city approves "shipping container" rentals for this site!


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#68 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 11:37 AM

I wasn't at the meeting, but some of the controversy might be due to the fact that the site is *right at the edge* of zoning boundaries.  The south side of the street is zoned for less density than the north side (where this development was proposed), so asking for even more density on the north side might have created too much "contrast" in the view of Council?


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#69 Nparker

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 11:57 AM

..some of the controversy might be due to the fact that the site is *right at the edge* of zoning boundaries...

Isn't this more an issue of our absurd zoning boundaries than it is this proposal?



#70 Mike K.

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 12:51 PM

But here's the thing, though.

 

Flanking this development site are two four-storey buildings, and immediately across the street is another four-storey building plus a surface parking lot. Behind it is yet another a four-storey building.

 

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#71 G-Man

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 08:24 PM

So exactly what Nparker said. Absurd zoning...
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#72 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 09:04 PM

 
Victoria council denies 44-unit building after tie vote
 
Proposed rental development on Burdett Avenue divides City and residents
 
Victoria council denied a rezoning application proposing a four-storey rental building on Burdett Avenue in Fairfield.
 
A large crowd gathered at City Hall on Thursday night to hear council discuss the proposal for a 44-unit structure on 1120 Burdett Ave. near Cook Street.
 
The Empresa Properties project was planned for lots currently occupied by three family homes. The company’s website states that the design of the building promises to “enhance the street’s urban fabric.” But not everyone agreed.
 
The proposal was met with an almost equal amount of supporters and opposition, many of whom took to the podium to share their opinions.

 

 
 

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#73 Nparker

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 09:09 PM

 

“We are taking out several – seven, I believe, low-income rental suites to make room for this development. There has been no mention of anything to replace them,”

I would imagine the existing properties will see some major rent increases (when permitted) if this project is not allowed to proceed.



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Posted 24 February 2018 - 12:32 AM

From the Vic News piece:

 


"This proposed box will add nothing to the charm of this neighbourhood,” said one resident wearing a sweater emblazoned with ‘Empresa – Wrong fit for Burdett.

 

Is that a trick from "Activism 101" or "How to spot an activist in 5 easy steps"?

 

When your city planning materials are pulled from a pile of cat sweaters adorned in sequins, you probably need to rethink your definition of "progress".


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#75 nagel

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 09:45 AM

I heard it was 4-4 with Helps, Loveday, Alto and Lucas supporting.

#76 Mike K.

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 10:11 AM

So in a stalemate they reject the project?

Who was absent?

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 10:29 AM

How on earth did that not get approved? It is surrounded by apartment buildings.


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#78 tjv

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 10:33 AM

^agreed.  I'm look at developing a 4 story apartment building and it makes me wonder why this was rejected.  It costs a lot of money to get to the stage they are at and I for one am not sure I would take that risk if the CoV is rejecting a proposal like this surrounded by similar buildings

 

for what its worth Farmer is/was the construction manager and I understand demolition tenders closed earlier this week.  I think the 3 houses are now vacant


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#79 Nparker

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 10:37 AM

...I think the 3 houses are now vacant

If Council does not approve this they are essentially saying they don't think there is a need for 44 more homes in the CoV and the so-called "housing crisis" is either resolved or a hoax.



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Posted 24 February 2018 - 12:32 PM

A new four-story building would not be out of place in that location as already commented. The anti-building crowd just baffles me, and the fact that the city seems to go out of its way to reject rental builds when there is an acknowledged housing crisis just blows me away.


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