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[Saanich] 1544 Christmas Avenue | Condos | 4-storeys | Proposed


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#1 Citified.ca

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 11:03 AM

Sam Ganong, a former partner at Abstract Developments, is now heading his own development firm called Curate Developments. He is partnered with an individual called Brodie Gunn.

Citified profile: https://victoria.cit...ristmas-avenue/

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An artist's rendering of 1544 Christmas Avenue, a 25-unit condominium proposed for Saanich's Shelbourne Valley by real-estate development start-up Curate Developments. If approved, the four-storey project will rise in the hub of the rapidly densifying district.

Newly-minted development firm planning 'attainable' condo project for Saanich's Shelbourne Valley
https://victoria.cit...lbourne-valley/

A 25-unit condominium project by a newly-minted real-estate development firm has been pitched for the hub of Saanich’s burgeoning Shelbourne Valley.

Curate Developments, headed by former Abstract Developments executive Sam Ganong and partner Brodie Gunn, is pursuing approvals for its premiere undertaking at 1544 Christmas Avenue near the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road.

Designed by de Hoog & Kierulf Architects as a 21st century take on 1950’s-era modernist architecture with a hint of art deco influences, the four-storey building’s mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom layouts will be geared towards first-time purchasers readying to make the transition from renting to homeownership. [Full article]
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#2 LeoVictoria

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 11:16 AM

Looks really nice



#3 AllseeingEye

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 05:30 PM

Meh...my old neighborhood, this is ok but nothing spectacular; its like all the other 3-4 floor apartments in the area except with curved corners. Saanich needs to get off the pot and start allowing more density and height. There should be no issue permitting 6-8 story buildings along Shelbourne.

 

And I really hate that marketing-speak "Shelbourne Valley" nonsense. The Shelbourne "Valley" is no more a valley than Mt Tolmie is a "mountain". In all the time I lived within 1/2 a kilometer of this very corner - from 1964-1992, with my parents continuing to do so until 2012 - I never ever heard anyone who actually lived there refer to it as a "valley". I have a better idea - let's call it either Cedar Hill or Mt Tolmie (you know....the the actual neighborhood names!) or if you prefer even Mt Tolmie-Cedar Hill as  residents sometimes referred to it. 


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#4 Mike K.

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 06:34 PM

The Shelbourne corridor is in a valley. When you stand at Shelbourne and Cedar Hill Cross you can appreciate just now much higher the terrain is easy and west of the corridor until you get closer to Hillside.

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#5 AllseeingEye

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 06:46 PM

Nah, we'll disagree on this; it is nothing more than a marketing term. My parents lived further up Cedar Hill X road with a view of the Malahat and also Doncaster Heights - no one ever referred to it as a Valley. No one ever thought of it as a valley. Because its not a valley.

 

The Kettle Valley is a valley; the Fraser Valley is a valley; the Columbia Valley is a valley. Doncaster Heights, and for that matter "Mt" Tolmie, are minor rocky outcroppings and nothing more. The Shelbourne "Valley" is a marketing (or politician's - take your pick), term. I'll defer to the people who have lived there for a half century before I will to either of the other two groups, heh....



#6 Mike K.

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 07:21 PM

The term was introduced by the municipality when it undertook a study of the corridor and its future role as a high density corridor.

I actually like it. It makes you realize that along much of the stretch the terrain is higher than the main thoroughfare.

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#7 lanforod

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 09:08 PM

I agree with ASE here for sure. Taking geographic terms and applying to an area for marketing speak shouldn't be permitted if the area doesn't clearly meet the definition. It's barely a dip, let alone a valley.

#8 Brantastic

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 10:52 PM

According to Wikipedia, "a valley is a low area between hills or mountains often with a river running through it" 

Considering it is an area of lower terrain, between hills and one tiny mountain, with Bowker Creek originally running through it, it fits the definition. It is certainly an insignificant valley in the fact that most people don't even recognize it as one, but still a valley nonetheless. It's no different than the Blenkinsop Valley. 

Anyways, this proposal is a little boring but I'm happy to see some increased density in the area. Considering it's off a side road where it intersects with a small cul de sac, it seems appropriate and is certainly better than the empty patch of land that's there now.



#9 lanforod

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 09:12 AM

Seems like a good place to buy some condos to rent to students. Is that finishing supposed to be stucco?



#10 PPPdev

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 09:50 PM

https://abstractdeve...ments/maddison/

in white haha

#11 Jackerbie

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 01:17 PM

This one slipped through. Application was made in September, new design but it's still a four storey, 25-unit project.

 

Site Plan: https://www.saanich....mas20190910.pdf

Elevations: https://www.saanich....0190910elev.pdf

 

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#12 Mixed365

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 02:08 PM

Thanks as always Jackerbie! 

Looks like the proposal has changed a lot. 


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