Bigger lodge isn’t better

The present Oak Bay Lodge has 150 bedrooms while the new facility will have 320 bedrooms.

A recent article in the Oak Bay News regarding an Oak Bay Lodge town hall meeting made mention of “the 247-bed facility.” I think that it is important to point out to the readership that the present Oak Bay Lodge has 150 bedrooms while the new facility will have 320 bedrooms.

This, of course, means that the new building will be much larger.

In order to squeeze a structure of that size into the existing lot at 2251 Cadboro Bay Rd., the developer has found it necessary to design a building with six storeys. A six-storey, 320-room institution does not blend into a residential neighbourhood in the same manner that the present Oak Bay Lodge does.

Keith M. Mathers

Oak Bay