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Harris Green Village, tower 1
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: 900-block of Yates Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 25
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[Harris Green] Harris Green Village & Harris Victoria Chrysler/Dodge redevelopment | Multi-phased; mixed-use | Proposed


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#181 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 05:33 PM

This is from the summary of the summer open houses at harrisgreen.ca ...
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#182 Nparker

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 06:02 PM

Shall I give you the DRA's response to this proposal now:
- too tall
- too dense
- not enough green space
- not affordable

 



#183 IPH

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:08 PM

24 up to storeys? I'm not sure how I feel about that.

It does seem odd that the taller more closely clustered buildings appear to be on the Eastern end of Harris Green where it buts into the Fernwood Neighbourhood that is envisioned to be lower density. While the West property has shorter towers with more space between them even though it is closer to downtown and more central to the Harris Green neighbourhood which has more density anticipated? Perhaps this is an attempt to appease the DRA with less density and more open space? Although I suspect this might be an optical elusion as the mid rise buildings shown on the west are a lot larger than those shown on the east property.

It would be interesting to have FSR values to compare the proposed densities on the two parcels.

#184 Mike K.

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 10:42 PM

Greater heights will indeed be on the western half, while Harris will be similar to what Jawl Res is doing next door.

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 07:00 PM

Harris-Green-Village-rendering-A.jpg

 

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Harris Dodge parcel, looking southwest from Cook at Yates.

 

Harris-Green-Village-rendering-B-looking-at-Yates.jpg

 

Looking towards Yates Street from View Street.

 

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Looking towards View Street from Yates Street.

 

First look: Public square and green space at heart of mixed-use 1,500 rental unit Harris Green Village redev

https://victoria.cit...-village-redev/

 

Plans to redevelop downtown Victoria’s Harris Green Village shopping plaza and a nearby automotive dealership will centre on an expansive gathering and green space, according to a presentation by property owner Starlight Developments.
 

 

An approximate half-acre of land dedicated as a central square is at the heart of Starlight’s vision for a 1,200-to-1,500-suite rental project with a wide spectrum of commercial services across multiple parcels in the 900 block of Yates Street (bordered by Quadra, View and Vancouver streets) and the 1000-block of Yates Street at Cook Street.
 
Starlight’s public engagement process began in the spring of this year with the project team gathering feedback on the popular commercial node’s redevelopment potential as viewed through the lenses of downtown residents and neighbours, the business community and a variety of project stakeholders.
 
“Our public engagement process to-date has generated significant interest from the community and we’ve heard loud and clear how important this area of the city is to everyone,” said Mark Chemij, senior development manager, Starlight Developments. “A modernized Harris Green Village represents an opportunity to create much needed rental housing centred around a vibrant and inviting public plaza.” [Full article]

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#186 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 07:37 PM

will those glass slabs shimmy back and forth like the black and white ones do?

#187 Nparker

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 07:50 PM

I assume the first rendering above represents the redevelopment of the MoY and London Drugs site - correct?


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#188 MarkoJ

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 07:52 PM

Damn this would be massive!


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 08:23 PM

Here I was hoping against hope that they wouldn't be going for the exact same blandrel flavour across the entire London Drugs site, but now we learn they're going for the exact same blandrel flavour on both sites?

 

At first blush I'd say the 1000-block stuff is better. The ground floor gets the fundamentals right, but unfortunately it does it in a very on-the-nose and unwavering manner. Could we break up those long sides a bit and introduce some variation and maybe a bit of warmth and/or personality? "Granularity" has been my buzzword for a while now. Methinks that long ground floor needs some, or at least some design touches that suggest it. You know what I mean? Is that going to be one massive commercial unit? If not then how about distinguishing the smaller units somehow, so the (obligatory) little coffee shop space appears to be its own thing?

 

I really don't like those identical twin podiums on the London Drugs block. One would be fine, but methinks two of the same is excessive. It's like seeing double. I really wanted to see some brick (or better) coverage somewhere on these projects. Change out the esthetic on either side for a cozier neighbourhood-style vibe, even if just for the portion of it that faces the middle space. Something like this or maybe like this.

 

It's just way too much of the same thing. Repetition to that extent can be awfully dreary, even if the esthetic itself isn't all that bad. Five new towers that look extremely similar over two adjacent blocks? Two large and similar looking podiums that play the same tune on all sides?

 

We all know why they want so much repetition of the same template, but come on, throw us a bone. Single out one tower and make it look distinctive, even if it's the same basic tower but just in a different wrapper. On the ground levels throw in a bit of a departure somewhere that surprises us. Again, every major new building should be able to answer the question: why would anybody bother to take a picture of this place?

 

Edit: this is what I'm getting at. Don't just hold on the same proverbial note. Give us some quirkiness, some surprises. Even Uptown was able to do that to some degree.

 

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#190 aastra

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 08:59 PM

In particular I think the space down the middle would seem much more "real" if the architecture on either side were to demonstrate (at least) two different styles.


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#191 DavidSchell

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 06:02 AM

Looks like an amazing project for the city ... massive amount of much needed rentals should help getting approval. 


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#192 baconnbits

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 07:54 AM

Assuming this gets approved and they get around 1k units then that plus just the Firehall site would be adding 1.5k units to the cities housing stock.

#193 Mike K.

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:03 AM

Oh they’ll get far more than a thousand, I’m sure.

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#194 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:13 AM

Did anyone make it to the CALUC meeting at Ambrosia last night, and if so, how was the project's initial reception?



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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:38 AM

Oof, this is a terribly uninspired design for such a prominent site. I guess they got the central green space right, but the rest just looks like mini Vancouver. 

 

I am generally in favour of every project that increases density, almost without exception. I love progress, I love seeing downtown become more liveable. But this is just.... too bland, too monotonous, too soul-less. This looks bad even compared to Uptown Mall -- and if your project looks unfavourable compared to a mall, you've got an issue.  These guys got it completely wrong. 

 

What's good:

  • Number of units
  • Height of buildings
  • Central plaza space

What's awful:

  • Everything else
  • Boring monotonous design spread out over the entire site. It's like they designed one side, then copied-pasted-and mirror flipped the image. 

I hope the neighbourhood association pans this for the right reasons. 



#196 Mike K.

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:40 AM

Keep in mind this is the very first exposure of the massing concept. The design will continue to get tweaked and improvements will be made.

 

They've got three heavy hitters working on this, including our very own D'Ambrosio.


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#197 RFS

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:44 AM

I like it, and nparker finally gets his wish of obscuring view towers
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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:47 AM

^Good to know. I have some hope if D'Ambrosio is on board. I've worked in 2 of his buildings and really appreciate his aesthetic and contribution to our city.

 

I think my issue is the mainly the monotony of the podiums. This feels like a downtown Toronto skyscraper block-- it's just something we don't do here. I think if the podium massing was broken up in the manner aastra suggests it would go a loong way. In my opinion you've gotta have some street-level detail or it's lifeless. Varying the podium height in a few places would make a huge difference.



#199 Nparker

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:57 AM

...nparker finally gets his wish of obscuring view towers

From some angles, from others VT will be more visible than it is now. Still, I like the direction in which this project is headed.



#200 Rob Randall

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 10:08 AM

The towers don't thrill me. They look like some Burquitlam reject draft. I am hopeful Franc D'Ambrosio will fix it.


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