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Duck's Building Hotel
Uses: hotel, commercial
Address: 1314-1324 Broad Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 6
The Duck's Building development is a proposal to build a six-storey, 137-room hotel with ground floor retail s... (view full profile)
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[Downtown Victoria] Duck's Building hotel | Hotel; retail | 6-storeys | Proposed


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#1 Citified.ca

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:01 AM

The thread pertaining to the earlier condominium and rental proposal can be viewed here.

 

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The Duck's Building, erected in 1892, is envisioned to become part of a hotel complex planned for the 1300-block of Broad Street between Yates and Johnson streets. The development concept for the UVic-owned properties was initially intended to create graduate student rental housing and market condominiums.

 

UVic-partnered Broad Street condo and rental complex transitions into hotel proposal


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#2 Rob Randall

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:23 AM

I don't know. There's a huge demand for short term space for people visiting UVic. There's a constant stream of visiting profs, guest lecturers, grad students etc. etc. all year round that need accommodation. But they're asking for a lot of density. The question remains, what direct tangible benefits does Victoria receive for this density request? I'm aware of the various spin-off benefits.


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#3 Nparker

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:28 AM

...what direct tangible benefits does Victoria receive for this density request...

An increased property tax base so I never get hit with a 22.5% boost in my CoV taxes in a single year ever again?



#4 Rob Randall

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:37 AM

Are we sure it works like that?

 

Year to date, Langford has built more homes than Sidney, Central Saanich, North Saanich, Highlands, Metchosin, Esquimalt, View Royal, Saanich, Oak Bay combined.

 

 

Received the tax notice for my humble abode in Downtown Langford today. Up 12% from last year. That's a big jump compared to previous years, usually 3 or 4%. Wondering if anyone else has seen this big of a jump. Maybe they screwed up when doing the math. 

https://vibrantvicto...taxes/?p=493472

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#5 G-Man

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:48 AM

I don't know. There's a huge demand for short term space for people visiting UVic. There's a constant stream of visiting profs, guest lecturers, grad students etc. etc. all year round that need accommodation. But they're asking for a lot of density. The question remains, what direct tangible benefits does Victoria receive for this density request? I'm aware of the various spin-off benefits.


Density is a benefit in and of itself, as it means more people downtown shopping, sitting in parks and walking around.

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#6 Rob Randall

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:11 PM

Yeah, I get all the spin-off effects. But are you saying that's it? What about the OCP, the ask above permitted density?


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#7 Nparker

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:21 PM

What are the negative effects of asking for increased density for this site?



#8 jonny

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:33 PM

The negatives of "too much red tape" are on full display with our exorbitant housing costs. 


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#9 Nparker

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:41 PM

The negatives of "too much red tape" are on full display with our exorbitant housing costs. 

Not to mention the total lack of decision making skills by local government as witnessed at last night's CoV council gong show.



#10 Rob Randall

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:46 PM

By that logic, just throw the OCP out the window and let UVic and Chard build 10, heck, make it 20 storeys.


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#11 Nparker

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:54 PM

:thumbsup:



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Posted 24 May 2019 - 02:00 PM

By that logic, just throw the OCP out the window and let UVic and Chard build 10, heck, make it 20 storeys.

 

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#13 Mike K.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 03:55 PM

Apparently building housing is too onerous, thanks to a council who keeps telling us we’re in a housing crisis. Make sense of that.
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#14 G-Man

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 05:33 PM

Yeah, I get all the spin-off effects. But are you saying that's it? What about the OCP, the ask above permitted density?


I think we made a rule based on nothing. If I saw some sort of science behind FSR ratios maybe I could be convinced but they seem pretty arbitrary to me.
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#15 Nparker

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 05:34 PM

This same council believes that by raising taxes on residential property owners it will somehow bring down the cost of housing in the city.



#16 jonny

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 05:44 PM

By that logic, just throw the OCP out the window and let UVic and Chard build 10, heck, make it 20 storeys.


That’s what they do in Atlanta and Houston. Two cities that have dirt cheap real estate.

Not saying we should do that exactly. Just sayin.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 06:26 PM

I think that Old Town is special and needs special design guidelines but they should be based on something. The current FSR for Old Town doesn't align with the parts of it that are the most special. We made them up because there was an idea that smaller was better. What we should be doing is looking at what makes Old Town awesome and replicating that and I think that apart from some of legitimate design problems here, this proposal does that.

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#18 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 03:45 PM

Some renderings from the application (posted to dev tracker today):

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#19 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 03:59 PM

The left-side building looks different in the two renderings, especially the upper floor setbacks and the window shapes.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 04:00 PM

Nice that it finally looks like three buildings



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