A local developer is breathing new life into a downtown Victoria office building, and intends to populate it with young lives.
Ian Laing and partner Tim Quocksister are in the midst of a $2-million renovation of 722 Johnston St., a former government ministry building, and intend to offer three storeys of the site to a corporate daycare company this fall.
Laing said the building will have a drastically new look, and a wildly new function, when it reopens in September.
“The building has been there a long time, and it’s a nice symmetrical building but you always seem to miss it on the street,” he said, noting the old design allowed it to blend into its surroundings.
Laing said he and Quocksister intend to make it stand out with a fresh, modern look outside, and they have gutted its five floors.
“When we’re done, it will look like a brand new building,” he said, noting the exterior siding, which is designed to never fade, and other exterior touches will cost $600,000 alone.
The renovation and tenant improvements are expected to be completed by the middle of September.
That’s when Willowbrae Academy intends to open its three-storey daycare centre.
Edited by amor de cosmos, 07 July 2017 - 07:13 AM.