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Address: 101 Island Highway
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[Esquimalt] Portage West (EconoLodge) | Rentals | Under construction


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#1 Mike K.

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 09:48 AM

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Esquimalt's 122-room EconoLodge Inn & Suites on Island Highway at Admirals Road will be repurposed into 96-units of rental housing.

 

Esquimalt's EconoLodge hotel to be transformed into rental apartments

http://victoria.citi...tal-apartments/

 

Esquimalt’s 122-room EconoLodge Inn & Suites along the Gorge Waterway will be repurposed into a 96-unit rental complex, Citified has learned.

Developer GMC Projects has submitted plans to the municipality of Esquimalt and seeks rezoning approvals for a mixed-use residential and commercial development at the high-profile confluence of Esquimalt, Songhees First Nation land, Saanich and View Royal on Island Highway at Admirals Road.

Dubbed Portage West, the project will be released into the rental pool in four phases, starting with 13-to-15 studio and one-bedroom units.

“The site is made up of four two-storey buildings and a row of five cabins. Pending successful rezoning approvals, our first phase will repurpose one of the buildings into rental apartments by late summer or early fall of next year,” said Jordan Milne, President of GMC Projects.

The company’s vision for Portage West will see the hotel grounds transformed into a waterfront community with a pool overlooking the Gorge Waterway, a communal kitchen, a clubhouse with a yoga studio, and as part of the last phase, a coffee shop or restaurant. [Full article]


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#2 RFS

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 10:25 AM

so are they just repurpusing or are they actually doing a new development?

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 10:29 AM

so are they just repurpusing or are they actually doing a new development?

 

Repurposing.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 09:00 AM

Esquimalt approves plans to convert 122-room hotel into 96-units of rental housing

http://victoria.citi...rental-housing/


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#5 FirstTimeHomeCrier

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 11:51 AM

There's a fancy looking website for this project now. Looks like the first phase starts renting in October. Studios for $1025, One-bedrooms from $1450, and 1 bed + den from $1550.



#6 sdwright.vic

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 12:13 PM

No washer/dryer?

Has anyone driving by recently and scene how horrible these things look. They are painted Aqua!!!

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#7 Nparker

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 12:15 PM

Short of tearing this place down and starting over, was there ever much of chance of it being attractive, yet alone worthy of its location?


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#8 FirstTimeHomeCrier

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 01:15 PM

No washer/dryer?

Has anyone driving by recently and scene how horrible these things look. They are paired Aqua!!!

 

To be fair, they are using the slogan "Life is a pool party." Throw in a couple empty Mike's Hard cans, drowned wasps, and severe sunburns and they've nailed the pool aesthetic.


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#9 sdwright.vic

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 02:09 PM

The website is much classier than the apartments.
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#10 Nparker

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 02:10 PM

The website is much classier than the apartments.

Truth.



#11 TheSignGuru

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:57 AM

It will be interesting to see what they are charging for rent here. 

 

Anyone know???



#12 TheSignGuru

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:58 AM

There's a fancy looking website for this project now. Looks like the first phase starts renting in October. Studios for $1025, One-bedrooms from $1450, and 1 bed + den from $1550.

 

That seems a bit steep for a re-purposed hotel room lol 



#13 Mike K.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 06:35 AM

If done right, which I’m sure the team here will do, they’ll be pretty nice. And the waterfront location does play into the pricing, for sure.

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#14 sdwright.vic

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 10:46 AM

Really? I am waterfront, with a gym and indoor pool. Complete remodel before moving in and I am at $1K a month. On the Gorge, water views, a bus that comes every 10 minutes, and underground secure parking.

Sorry not worth the asking price.
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#15 Nparker

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 11:04 AM

This stunning layout can be had for just over $1000/month.

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Sure there's no in suite laundry, but there are 2 whole closets and a window, perhaps with a lovely view of Craigflower Road!

 

Such a missed opportunity to redevelop this amazing site into something spectacular.  :whyme:

 


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#16 FirstTimeHomeCrier

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 11:12 AM

I think there's enough demand for pet-friendly places that people will be willing to pay those prices. 



#17 sdwright.vic

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 11:38 AM

Oh, I forgot. My place is pet friendly as well.
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#18 Redd42

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:00 PM

Aren't all new rentals pet friendly so that is not a unique thing for this property?



#19 Nparker

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:02 PM

I think there's enough demand for pet-friendly places that people will be willing to pay those prices. 

I am sure they will rent quickly. It's just disappointing that a slightly modified version of a 1970s motel is the best that we'll see at this site for a long time now.



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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:27 PM

If done right, which I’m sure the team here will do, they’ll be pretty nice. And the waterfront location does play into the pricing, for sure.

 

If you fish for herring it is a short stroll over to the cool Craigflower Bridge. If you need more fishing tackle it is just a short stroll over to Canadian Tire.

If you like a cool beer after a long day of herring fishing, it is only a short stroll to the Four Mile House pub, and from there it is all downhill back to your comfy bed. 

:cheers:


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