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Public can weigh in on 6-storey, 162-unit rental proposal for Victoria’s Harris Green

Feb. 10 hearing invites input; no date yet for hearing on Harris Green Village redevelopment
Rendering shows a 162-unit apartment building proposed for the southwest corner of Vancouver and View streets. (Photo courtesy of Ciccozzi Architecture)

A public hearing on Feb. 10 will cover a proposal for a six-storey rental apartment building that would be right across the street from the proposed two-block overhaul of Victoria’s Harris Green neighbourhood.

Ciccozzi Architecture is looking to build a 162-unit building on the southwest corner of Vancouver and View streets on lots at 1124 Vancouver St. and 941 and 953 View St.

The Harris Green Village project, a massive proposal which awaits a public hearing of its own, is looking to bring 1,500 rental spaces, commercial and community space to the 900- and 1000-blocks of Yates Street between Quadra and Cook streets.

The Vancouver/View project calls for 33 studio apartments and 98 one-bedroom units. It would also include 23 two-bedroom units, seven ground-floor two-bedroom suites and one three-bedroom apartment.

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One of the variances being applied for is reduced onsite parking. The design calls for 30 resident parking stalls, 14 visitor spots and two for Modo car share vehicles – one located on the street, the other in the parkade. It leans more heavily on a concept of tenants without vehicles, and as such calls for 202 bike storage spots and a bike-service area.

The applicant says the site will include about 12,500 square feet of outdoor community space, divided between the shared rooftop and a courtyard, for residents and visitors, and a 400-square-foot indoor amenity area with a kitchen, lounge and seating.

“Our proposal is to offer practical and modern homes that would be attainable for young people, families and others who seek a home within their financial means,” Ciccozzi Architecture wrote in an August letter to council. “Providing increased market rental housing in a price range that we anticipate will contribute to retaining our young and highly skilled individuals within the City of Victoria.”

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Jake Romphf

About the Author: Jake Romphf

In early 2021, I made the move from the Great Lakes to Greater Victoria with the aim of experiencing more of the country I report on.
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