FYI: the original proposal for the Reef site was 10 stories.
Controversial building clears zoning hurdle
Malcolm Curtis, Times-Colonist
March 2, 2002
The James Bay Neighbourhood Environment Association narrowly approved the project. But Tim Van Alstine, association chairman, said there were a lot of mixed feelings.
While the developers are respected for trying to do "progressive things," there is a lingering concern that space for light industry near the harbour will dwindle even further, he said.
The Reef is across the road from Shoal Point, another controversial development still under construction, that rises 13 storeys at its highest point. "When (council) approved Shoal Point they changed the whole land-use context for James Bay," said Van Alstine.
Van Alstine, meanwhile, is skeptical that The Reef will actually attract many live-work businesses, noting the developers will offer the units for that use for a year and if there is no uptake from buyers the units will revert to residential.
McColl, who originally proposed a 10-storey building for the site two years ago, disagrees.
"We really think there's a genuine need for this," he said. With the imminent layoff of hundreds of provincial government workers, he believes many of them will be looking at opportunities to set up businesses.
Edited by aastra, 08 November 2017 - 01:34 PM.