If the Hudson Place 1 tower gets built at 26 storeys, it’ll be downtown Victoria’s tallest building.
In a 6-2 vote, city council approved the development permit with variances for the project at 777 Herald St. – the most contentious of which was to add three more metres to the structure’s height than called for under the previous application.
The building is the third of four phases of the Hudson District on the former Hudson’s Bay Company retail site. The City of Victoria will be looking for a final injection of public input from adjacent property owners before council considers giving the final stamp of approval.
In discussions at committee of the whole last Thursday, Mayor Lisa Helps indicated the stepping up of building heights from the Inner Harbour to the area in question was appropriate, based on sketches provided of the skyline.
Coun. Margaret Lucas agreed.
“Looking at the sight lines, it doesn’t stick out as much as when people just hear the height,” she said, acknowledging emails the City has received opposing a 26-storey structure. “It is in a good place in the downtown and I think there’s enough here that makes it very supportable …”