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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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#81 Jackerbie

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 10:39 AM

The website includes proposed floor plans for the renovated building. No mention of the residential component, though. https://victoriapressbuilding.com/



#82 Nparker

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 10:45 AM

This seems strangely optimistic:

 

*Target for completion of the remainder of the building is spring/summer 2018.

https://victoriapressbuilding.com/



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:36 AM

Nothing new in the way of drawings, but the developer has formally applied for rezoning to allow brewery, distillery, a liquor retail as permitted uses.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 01:45 PM

Turns out they will need a parking variance, so there's a DP with Variances application on the Dev Tracker. Nothing in it yet, but hopefully any updated plans will be posted online from now on: https://tender.victo...Number=DPV00103



#85 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 05:55 AM

In 2019, a new era of business, creativity, social life and prosperity begins. THE REVITALIZED VICTORIA PRESS BUILDING WILL MAKE HEADLINES, and will define this Midtown neighbourhood for the inspiring years ahead, as it has for a hundred years before.

 

https://victoriapressbuilding.com/

 

is this project just stalled?

 

Renovation of the building is expected to start before the end of 2018, and the residential component could start in three years.

 

The renovation will include a glass atrium that will bisect the existing structure. There will be street-level retail and 120,000 square feet of office space.

 

Merchant intends to establish a rooftop space with a restaurant or café, while the existing print building — an extension that was added to the main building a quarter-century ago — could in the long term become commercial or entertainment space.

 

“We’re now into the phase to find who fits into this space in a revitalized Midtown,” Silk said.

 

The Times Colonist building is 45 years old, and was built to house two newspapers — the Daily Colonist and Victoria Times. The newspapers merged in 1980.

 

 

https://www.timescol...town-1.23176103

 

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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 July 2019 - 06:03 AM.


#86 G-Man

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:00 AM

It always seemed way too cool.

Visit my blog at: https://www.sidewalkingvictoria.com 

 

It has a whole new look!

 


#87 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:26 AM

It always seemed way too cool.

 

the concept seemed a bit fanciful. 



#88 tiger11

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 10:24 AM

The project is not stalled! It has strong interest from potential tenants looking for space and the developer is working its way through the project.  Lots of nuances to work through on this one. 



#89 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 10:35 AM

any tenants lined up? the above quote from the website was updated from 2018 to 2019. so I presume it’s already a year behind schedule.

im not sure “midtown” will be embraced by pubgoers. It’s a lame area.. shark club sucks for example.

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#90 Brantastic

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:19 AM

The area is lame as it is but I think it has a lot of potential. The Scott and Leland buildings make great bookends for the area and the current vision for the Scott building and adjacent parking lot look pretty good. The Leland building needs some work though. The gas station at the 5-way intersection would make a cool spot for a landmark flatiron-style building. Lots of parking lots ripe for development on the west side of Douglas in the area. Add to that the redevelopment of the Times Colonist building and the Sandman redevelopment and you’ve got a decent neighbourhood with excellent transit.

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:40 AM

There is also the new hotel.

Visit my blog at: https://www.sidewalkingvictoria.com 

 

It has a whole new look!

 


#92 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:43 AM

i think you need 5,000+ new residents in a 1km radius to really pick it up.  this area is not gonna happen.



#93 Nparker

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 02:30 PM

i think you need 5,000+ new residents in a 1km radius to really pick it up.  this area is not gonna happen.

It may happen eventually, but it needs a lot more residential density than is currently proposed to make the press building project worthwhile.



#94 Mike K.

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 06:49 AM

That area is called Humber Green, btw.


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#95 Hotel Mike

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 07:57 AM

My usual tirade...if they went back to a traffic circle at Hillside/Douglas/Govt/Gorge with something really interesting in the middle, that would create a huge feel and interest in the area.


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#96 Brantastic

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 09:13 AM

Back to? Was there once a traffic circle there?



#97 Nparker

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 09:40 AM

...Was there once a traffic circle there?

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...The complex intersection of Hillside, Government Street, Douglas and Gorge Road had changed little since Joseph Heywood installed a fountain and a horse trough there in 1885. Heywood's fountain and trough had been replaced by Maurice Humber in 1937, to celebrate the city's 75th anniversary, but traffic was still snarled where all those streets came together. The Colonist argued that "the only remedy for this particularly bad crossroads appears to be a continental-type roundabout." City council decided to create a roundabout on a trial basis. The roundabout went into operation in March 1950, and two months later, council decided to make it permanent. Permanent, in this case, lasted 13 years. Pressure to replace the roundabout, known as Fountain Circle, started almost as soon as it was installed. By 1963, the roundabout was gone, replaced by the system of rotating signals that is still in use today - one that's similar to a design rejected by council when the roundabout was approved...

https://www.timescol...-traffic-1.2043


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#98 Torrontes

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 10:31 AM

But is it bicycle friendly? LOL



#99 DustMagnet

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 11:11 AM

But is it bicycle friendly? LOL

No more or less so than any modern implementation - bike lanes end at the circle entrance and cyclists take the lane.



#100 Hotel Mike

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 12:44 PM

Thanks for posting that Nparker.


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