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#1 Mike K.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 08:51 AM

Last year there was mention of a pending proposal to replace the 1950's office building on Cook between Johnson and Pandora with new office and retail/commercial space.

Have there been any recent developments concerning this proposal?


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#2 Galvanized

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:03 AM

Was it the building too? I thought it was just the parking lot, I could be wrong though. I remember something about a variance, either less parking or a setback, I can't remember which...
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#3 Mike K.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:04 AM

It may have been just the parking lot at Cook and Johnson. I can't remember now.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:29 AM

Yup just the old volvo lot not the old bcaa building.

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#5 Mike K.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:41 AM

Isn't the old Volvo lot [url=http://www.vibrantvictoria.ca/resources/mcp/0037.htm:d1b61]this[/url:d1b61] project?

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#6 G-Man

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:43 AM

Yup, but there has been no announced proposal for the lot north of this.

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#7 Mike K.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:47 AM

I think the office proposal mentioned some time ago was for the lot east of the Volvo properties where that blue ~six-storey office building currently stands (with that huge surface parking lot).

Am I mistaken and the proposal was for the west side of Cook? Now I'm completely confused.

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#8 Galvanized

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:51 AM

^You are right, east side of Cook at Johnson, there was a small blurb in the paper about it some time ago, no rezoning, just some sort of variance.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:51 AM

(Copyright Times Colonist (Victoria) 2006)

An Edmonton developer is musing about building a medical office building on two parking lots at the corner of Cook and Johnson streets.

Dean Strongitharm, senior associate with CitySpaces Consulting, said his client has owned the parking lots adjacent to the Medical Arts Building for about 25 years. Parking convenants removed this week by Victoria council were put in place in connection with other projects that didn't go ahead because of economic issues of the time, he said.

Stongitharm said Diamond Developments hasn't made precise plans, but with the increasing number of residents in the Harris Green area, plans for a large pharmacy or other medical office may be viable. He said it would likely be several years before plans are put into place.

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#10 Galvanized

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:54 AM

Holden West to the rescue!
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:54 AM

Oh that lot. Fernwood won't let anything bigger than Hank's pot plant to be built there.

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#12 Mike K.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 11:49 AM

That's in Fernwood? Oh brother...

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 06:45 PM

On the parking lot beside the medical building this sign is now up:



#14 yodsaker

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 07:14 PM

Saw it from the bus today.
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#15 G-Man

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:16 PM

Isn't that just for the current building? 8500 sqft is tiny.

#16 Nparker

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:26 PM

Isn't that just for the current building? 8500 sqft is tiny.


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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:38 PM

What current building, though? Isn't there nothing there except a parking lot? (And I agree -- the whole lot (visible partially in the photo) is way bigger than 8500 sq.ft., so it must be just a portion?? <confused>
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:57 PM

Perhaps it will be an office/medical building with only 8,500 sq ft of retail available on the ground floor? Call David at 475-3700 for details I guess.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 11:45 AM

I was referring to the current medical building on the site. No one is going to build a brand new office building and limit office sizes to 8500 sqft. That would knock out all your best customers.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 01:17 PM

The signs says "up to 8500 square feet of retail space."

I'd read that to mean retail space in the base of a new office/professional building.

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