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#181 gkz

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:19 PM

Are they still at Saanich Centre, Quadra and McKenzie?


I think so. I don't know details, I just went to get a slice of pizza and with no warning it was closed, the sign was gone, and a new "For Lease" sign was up. I guess the location was not working out.

#182 Mixed365

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:44 PM

I was randomly searching the world wide web and came across Praxis Architects. They are located in Victoria and have done a handful of projects. When looking at the "commercial" section of their website I found the renderings for the vacant space on Mckenzie and Shelbourne (right across from Uni Heights Shopping Centre beside Petro Can/behind Tuscany Village).

Anyone have anymore info on it? Is this incredibly old?

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http://www.praxisarc...commercial.html


 

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#183 phx

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:48 PM

I believe that's the design from 2008 or so.  Some thought it uninspired.



#184 Nparker

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:49 PM

Anything that blocks even some of view of Disneyland North...errr...I mean Tuscany Village...can't be all bad.



#185 Mixed365

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:52 PM

Hmm. I wonder if there are any new renderings floating out there then. Does First Capital (owner of Tuscany Village and kitty corner what I like to call the Quizno's building) own that site as well? 

 


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#186 D.L.

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 12:05 AM

I remember that from a few years ago, it was to have a daycare at the top. It never happened, not enough demand.



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 06:27 AM

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#188 29er Radio

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 12:34 PM

Last time I spoke to the FC rep in town, they were planning a single storey building but probably wouldn't break ground until they had most of it leased out.


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#189 Rob Randall

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 01:43 PM

^What's FC?


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#190 Mixed365

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 04:24 PM

^What's FC?

First Capital - http://www.firstcapitalrealty.ca/

 

29er Radio - Hmm, you dont say. Any other details? (underground parkade, type of tenant etc.)

 


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#191 Rob Randall

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 08:21 PM

Last time I spoke to the FC rep in town, they were planning a single storey building but probably wouldn't break ground until they had most of it leased out.

 

Please don't tell me they are planning a one-storey building near the corner of Shelbourne and McKenzie. Because that would be the most moronic development plan possible. Saanich is just finishing up a comprehensive long-range plan for the Shelbourne corridor and high density along the village centres is key to its success. To squander one of the last high-profile sites in that area on a bargain-basement one storey strip mall is unacceptable. Density, height, mixed use or go home.


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#192 Nparker

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 08:43 PM

Please don't tell me they are planning a one-storey building near the corner of Shelbourne and McKenzie. Because that would be the most moronic development plan possible...

Agreed. If this is what is presented to Saanich Council I hope they would reject it.



#193 Mixed365

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 09:14 PM

Keep in mind with any development it goes before urban planners first and those who created the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan would ask for revisions right off the bat. 


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#194 29er Radio

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 10:17 AM

It was my impression that they wont build until they have some traction from a tenant. I only know as I was dealing with a tenant on another site of theirs and we discussed possible alternatives and that came up. I have no idea if they have gotten any farther with other parties. The site has some issues regarding size and parking requirements so it may not be as easy as a 4 storey mixed use building.


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#195 Mixed365

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 11:08 PM

Came across one of the original sketches of Tuscany Village. 

Enjoy. 

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#196 Coreyburger

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 12:23 AM

I love how they completely de-emphasized the giant parking lot. This sketch is actually pretty accurate for what is there, it is more about what the sketch doesn't show.


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#197 jonny

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 08:33 AM

I love how they completely de-emphasized the giant parking lot. This sketch is actually pretty accurate for what is there, it is more about what the sketch doesn't show.

 

Which giant parking lot?

 

I find the parking lots to be tiny and a PITA to navigate.


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#198 Mixed365

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 09:06 AM

I find the greatest thing about Tuscany Village, and I mean this, it is what I like to call a "through-mall" or "accessible-mall". 

Having the accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists through Teakwood pivotal. It creates a great thoroughfare. In contrast, at Uni Heights mall across the street you have to walk around it, so it really acts more like a blockade. 


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#199 Coreyburger

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 02:08 PM

Which giant parking lot?

 

I find the parking lots to be tiny and a PITA to navigate.

 

That is the problem with Tuscany. It is attempting to be both a car-centric mall and a people-centric place and isn't doing either very well. I think they need to push all the parking underground save a few handicap and some loading zones and then actually make the middle portion people space, including patios for restaurants, etc.

 

I would note that Uptown suffers from some of this too (and do lots of other malls that are developing right now)


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#200 Bingo

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 02:55 PM

The undersized parking spaces on the main level are unwelcoming.  



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