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Mount St. Angela
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Address: 913-929 Burdett Avenue
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Urban core
Storeys: 6
Mount St. Angela is a proposal for a six-storey seniors residence along the 900-blocks of McClure Street and B... (view full profile)
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#81 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:28 PM

But then I bailed at midnight so perhaps he explained himself after I left?


Nope, not really. It was a totally bizarro act....
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#82 Caramia

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:13 PM

This just seems weird now.

#83 gumgum

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 08:37 AM

Mount St. Angela redevelopment inches ahead
Under the latest proposal, the height of two new condos would be lowered

Carolyn Heiman, Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, January 19, 2008


A multimillion-dollar redevelopment of historic Mount St. Angela may hinge on the view from the veranda of an old house.

Victoria council allowed a development on the one-acre site at 923 Burdett Ave. to lurch partially forward through a rezoning approval process on Thursday. But a divided council stopped shy of giving a full nod to the project when Mayor Alan Lowe, holding the deciding vote, said he didn't want a house at 924 McClure St. -- part of the same parcel -- to be relocated from its south-facing viewpoint to a northern one.

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Lowered?:confused: That would appease them?

#84 Caramia

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 03:42 PM

Well, on the bright side - the project might founder, the property become derelict for 10 or 20 years, and then one day a new project might be put forward with density suitable for so close to the core, in a different political atmosphere that would support something extremely high quality. Hopefully the heritage structures will still be in good enough condition to restore by then.

#85 gumgum

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:04 PM

Here's a shot of the current apartment building:


#86 aastra

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:15 PM

So why is the house more important than the apartments? (the house they want to move, I mean)

#87 Nparker

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:54 PM

Here's a shot of the current apartment building:


Perhaps the Isherwood family will revise their proposal to simply add more additions on the back of the "apartment" building. I envision ever increasing boxy slabs added on, every 10 years or so, each being a poorer version of the original building. Eventually they can construct a bridge over McClure street as needed....oh and lots of surface parking since this will negate any need for blasting.

#88 gumgum

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 09:28 AM

Mount St. Angela project passes
Carolyn Heiman and Jeff Bell, Times Colonist
Published: Sunday, February 17, 2008


The development of Victoria's historic Mount St. Angela site has been given the go-ahead, much to the disappointment of many heritage advocates and nearby residents.

Mayor Alan Lowe and Coun. Pam Madoff voted against the project at 923 Burdett Ave., which will see the historic Mount St. Angela building preserved and converted into a facility for low-income senior women. In addition, two heritage buildings will be relocated from neighbouring McClure Street to Burdett, and two condominium buildings are to be built on the remainder of the parcel.

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© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008

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#89 Rob Randall

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:40 PM

There may be action on the site as soon as the next two months as things are put into gear. There's still no takers for the old yellow house if anyone wants it.

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#90 Holden West

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 10:49 AM

Victoria News
Giving back the old home

By Keith Vass - Victoria News

Published: January 01, 2009 6:00 AM

Isherwood family changes development plans to the benefit of street population

The most vulnerable are not usually the first people in the community to benefit when housing markets start to slide.

But thanks to one Victoria developer, 31 people living with mental illness or recovering from addictions have a new home to start the new year.

Norm Isherwood struggled for two years to win city approval to redevelop the historic Mount St. Angela site at 923 Burdett Ave. with a new condo building behind the 1866 Angela College building.

But after a rezoning was granted last February, Isherwood had a change of plans.

“Once I could sense the financial turmoil starting in the world and knowing the trouble the city was having with lack of shelter and being an apartment builder … I decided it would be better for everybody to let some people have the advantage of living in a quality building in just a super location,” he said.

Isherwood was born on the property in 1942, when his parents owned it and ran a hotel in the former college and its 1912 addition. His mother sold it in 1958 to the Sisters of St. Ann, who used it as a convent for almost 50 years before selling it back to Isherwood in 2006.

When Isherwood’s redevelopment plans fell through – they would have seen the addition torn down – he turned to the Capital Region Housing Action Team to offer the property for use.

Within two hours, Isherwood and action team directors Henry Kamphoff and Jim Bennett had a plan. The house and the addition were made available to the Vancouver Island Health Authority to house some of its clients.

“They are stable clients, they’re not clients who are actively using drugs, they’re not clients who are just off the street,” said Linda Johnson, VIHA’s manager of residential housing for mental health and addictions.

The new spaces will help the homeless indirectly by freeing up rooms in other VIHA supportive housing facilities.

The health authority has already moved people into housing at Mount St. Angela – homeless clients of the region’s Assertive Community Treatment teams.

The availability of the building couldn’t have come at a better time, Johnson said, as VIHA was faced with losing 15 spaces for the mentally ill after leases on two other properties were not being renewed due to the owners’ redevelopment plans.

Those 15 clients, and the contracted care staff who were working with them, have moved to Mount St. Angela.

Isherwood said the historic buildings will need work: a new roof, new boiler and probably foundation repairs.

Plans are in the works for a possible rental apartment building on what is now open grass on the property’s southeast corner.

As it stands, the project is “not even a break-even,” Isherwood said.

“It’s our own form of help between my wife Michelle and myself. It was a good home for me and I hope it’s a good home for the people that are there.”

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#91 Barra

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 01:07 PM

Isherwood also owns a fairly large 4 storey rental building in James Bay, which has an underused parkade. He is proposing to build rental housing on the spot where the parkade is and is hoping to partner with BC Housing in order to make it available to low income people. It is a great idea and I am looking forward to the presentation at the Jan. 14 JBNA meeting.

It was interesting to learn that the tenants at this building only use 50% of the parking spots available at the building - proof that where public transit and easy access to downtown is available, parking requirements can be relaxed.....
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#92 aastra

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 02:59 PM

Did we already see this? (from Hallmark Society Newsletter - Spring 2007)
 

 

It may be argued that developers have already ruined the Burdett streetscape with the dense towers currently being constructed at Burdett/Vancouver/McClure. But if we concede defeat every time that happens, then we might has well throw in the towel entirely.

 

Right. It may be argued that the Chelsea ruined the Burdett streetscape. Dense towers. Eyesore.

 

Edit looking back in 2019:

Correction: It may not be argued that Chelsea ruined the Burdett streetscape, because to offer such an argument would be nonsensical and inane. Nor may it be argued that the lowrise Chelsea = "dense towers":

 

Chelsea_by_Concert.jpg


Edited by aastra, 01 July 2019 - 03:46 PM.


#93 G-Man

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 03:04 PM

Perhaps the nicest addition to that area of town in 20 - 30 years.

#94 aastra

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 03:08 PM

Twice that long, at least.

I mean, seriously:


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#95 Rob Randall

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 03:48 PM

The Chelsea replaced a grim, old concrete bunker of a hospital.

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#96 aastra

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 04:40 PM

And it ruined the Burdett streetscape in the process, apparently.

#97 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 10:26 PM

The Chelsea is beautiful and adds value to those streets.

"It may be argued that developers have already ruined the Burdett streetscape with the dense towers currently being constructed at Burdett/Vancouver/McClure..."??

Is the author blind? Or crazy? What is he selling - Gonzo heritage marketing? (Gonzo rhetoric?)
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#98 Baro

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 10:50 PM

Dense? Towers? Jesus everything is some huge 50 story LUXURY condo TOWER to these people.
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#99 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:39 AM

There's a new proposal for this site.

* Restore the heritage brick (i.e. main) building on Burdett
* Demolish the adjacent house immediately *east* (closest to Chelsea condos)
* Move the house facing McClure Street to the Burdett Street (to occupy lot closest to Chelsea condos) and restore it
* Construct a new 6-storey *wood-framed* condo or apartment building facing McClure Street

#100 Mike K.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:18 AM

Nice to see something happening here. Do you have a source we can cite for the update?

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