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Victoria Press Building
Uses: office, commercial
Address: 2621 Douglas Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Urban core
Storeys: 4
The Victoria Press Building is a redevelopment of the Times Colonist Building along the 2600-block of Douglas ... (view full profile)
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Victoria Press Building | Rentals; commercial | Proposed


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#1 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:12 PM

Merchant House has bought the Times Colonist Building on Douglas with plans to construct a 9-storey residential building there (with townhouses).

CHEK news report: http://www.cheknews....ers-say-337717/

Merchant House Capital's rendering: https://merchanthous...o/tc-evolution/

I am unsure if "TC Evolution" is the official project name...

#2 spanky123

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:33 PM

One of the newspaper’s unions is concerned that a sale of the Times Colonist building could mean layoffs in the future. 

 

Their concern should be that the TC follows many other papers and goes fully digital with no office and only a skeleton reporting and sales staff working from home.



#3 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:54 PM

That press was new in 1989 or so.  It's still pretty slick.  But ya, hard to see where they would contract printing to.


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#4 RFS

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:59 PM

9 stories seems too short and it would also be better if the tall section was on Douglas
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#5 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 07:00 PM

Residents would be a short walk from the new Fuddruckers at Douglas / Hillside...
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#6 Nparker

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:38 PM

Merchant House has bought the Times Colonist Building on Douglas with plans to construct a 9-storey residential building there (with townhouses)...

This is an interesting proposal. I am just not sure I'd agree with this statement from the Merchant House website: "The redevelopment of an iconic landmark building located in Victoria, BC."

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Does anyone think the existing T-C building is an "iconic landmark"?

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#7 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:52 AM

Perhaps it would be considered a landmark of mod-century modernism...

#8 Nparker

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:12 AM

Perhaps it would be considered a landmark of mod-century modernism...

Except, wasn't the current T-C building constructed sometime in the 1970s?



#9 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:22 AM

What I like about the proposal is the fact that it seeks to maintain/upgrade the existing T-C building while placing new development on the surface parking lot.   I'm a fan of adding new residential development to the area, but it's great to see office space retained (or new office space constructed); I know that there was a concern in Vancouver a few years ago about residential development crowding out office space, so it's great to have both. 



#10 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 09:47 AM

Has anyone been able to obtain more information about this proposal?

 

It's interesting to note that it's almost directly north of the recent proposal for 736 Princess.  Perhaps this is starting a trend to provide more housing between Douglas and Blanshard in the blocks north of down.


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#11 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 05:47 PM

The Print Reel Building is proposed to be an urban entertainment space with distillery/brewery manufacturing zoning. The project proposes the addition of up to 150,000 square feet of purpose-built rental which will be integrated into the existing Times Colonist Building to create a community-driven, work-live-play urban ecosystem.

 

 

http://www.newswire....-642796373.html


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#12 Nparker

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 05:57 PM

Based on this rendering is the overall height of the addition 11 floors - 2 of which are townhouses that surround 2 levels of above-ground parking?

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#13 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 05:29 AM

You'd think at the very least the TC would quickly say "hey, here is our plan".  But they seem silent on where they will live after this.

 

Their union contract runs out January 2019.  I'm not sure they will make it there.

 

Something fishy is going on, Black keeps hiring more and more reporters.  More reporters work at News Group now than in 2000.

 

And it's no secret Black and Glacier are friends, swapping and flipping papers back and forth all over BC.


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#14 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 05:39 AM

The printing building might be maintained, but in that configuration, it'd be hard to print newspapers without some serious work.

 

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BLUE is where newsprint rolls have to go in, they go on a complex floor conveyor system from storage there.  A semi-trailer delivers those newsprint rolls.  And it's already hard for the truck to move around there and back in.  In the new configuration, unless a truck backs up Westbourne Plc. from Bay St., there is no way to drop rolls.  

 

In the RED is the end of the mail-room where the papers are bundled and delivered into 2 or 3 trucks at a time.

 

Now, the new diagram shows a "parking structure" around the north end of the printing building, so maybe trucks can still move about under there, but it seems fanciful.

 

 

But that press is nearing 30 years old.  I'm not sure it's needed anymore.


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#15 Bingo

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:16 AM

The printing building might be maintained, but in that configuration, it'd be hard to print newspapers without some serious work.

 

The residents in the new building will complain about the noisy newspaper press running at 2 am, mind you the paper will probably be down to 8 pages by then.



#16 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:37 AM

It's not quiet that's for sure. You have to yell when in that room and it's running full speed.
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#17 Mike K.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:52 AM

Do we have any indication as to the number of units that will be proposed?


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:07 AM

Do we have any indication as to the number of units that will be proposed?

 

Not sure what this will translate to, but Victoria Buzz reported yesterday that the residential component will add "150-thousand square feet purpose-built rentals." http://victoriabuzz.com/2017/09/merchant-house-capital-reveal-plans-historic-times-colonist-building-revealed/



#19 Nparker

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:14 AM

...Victoria Buzz reported yesterday that the residential component will add "150-thousand square feet purpose-built rentals."...

That could equal 300 units each at 500 square feet!  :eek: 



#20 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:16 AM

That could equal 300 units each at 500 square feet!  :eek:

 

I don't think the shape of the building would allow for that many.

 

I don't even think this thing will come to fruition.  It's the same guy that did the Rocket Residences, and it ran out of money once (work stopped for many weeks) and barely got pulled across the finish line.  Then he sold out well before 80% of the other amenities were ever delivered.


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