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The total CRD is 365,000 I believe. This includes the Gulf Islands, I never have figured out why they include this in Greater Victoria. Well what ever....When you actually look at all the new Buildings coming it's pretty amazing for this city!!! I am also excited to see what is in store from Town Line....The Old Hudsons Bay Building and Parking lot.....I really hope it is going to be 20 stories!!! Can only cross my fingers. If it is I bet Pam would faint!!! ---BOB---
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Man, we've got the best mid-sized Canadian city on the southernmost end of Vancouver Island!

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Wow! Victoria has a bunch of new projects going on. I haven't been to Victoria since I finished college in Seattle in the late 80's.

Some of those projects have very nice and modern designs. They remind me a little of some of the buildings I saw in Germany and Holland when I was there a few months ago.
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Old Posted Dec 16, 2005, 9:21 AM
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I always find it interesting to here views from people who don't live here.....From one who was born and raised here, I am really happy with all the new buildings coming down the line....Just wish there was more workers so they could actually get some more going instead of just waiting untill other projects finish!!! ---BOB--
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2006, 7:14 PM
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impressive projects!
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Old Posted Jan 12, 2006, 5:26 AM
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Damn! It's not like there are any really tall buildings going up but the quality and quantity of these mid rise projects is quite impressive and Victoria is apparently having alot more construction activity than many cities that are much larger. Congrats to the all Victoria residents you lucky dogs!!
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I really like the Waterfall project,where is it being built in victoria?
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2006, 3:55 AM
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The Waterfall building is slated for the parking lot at Douglas Street and Courtney. Locals know the site as the old Classic Car Museum lot. The Empress Hotel / conference centre is kitty corner at the bottom.



Naysayers have already voiced their opposition, but they've been losing most of the high profile battles lately so hopefully the trend will continue. That parking lot is a major league eyesore.

Big parking lots are becoming an endangered species in Victoria all of a sudden. Two new highrises (20 and 16 stories) are almost complete on the lot beside the green tinted Marriott Hotel at the right, and two more buildings (12 stories) have been approved for the parking lot in the lower right (which has since been excavated). As usual, the height of these new buildings is causing a stir, even though the tallest of them is only 20 stories. Victoria's reigning tallest building was built in...1969.

Good times. Let's hope all of these new proposals get built before the real estate bubble bursts. In my opinion Victoria is defining itself pretty well as a small city with high quality architecture, even if the buildings themselves aren't particularly tall. The raging anti-development crowd claims it's the end of the world and the suddenly emboldened pro-development crowd wants 30 story buildings, but if they'd both just calm down for a moment I think they'd realize we've arrived at a pretty nice compromise.

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We have only had one 20 story building built this year with a 16 on the same lot. The reason for that was because BCBC dump over ten million dollars in restoring St. Annes for that zoning, before selling it. All other buildings in this town are 12- 14 stories, exept for the waterfall at 18 but this is due to the huge lot it is being developed on. The chard tower is the next tallest at 14 stories, all other buildings are at 13 and lower. I can't see how that is a happy comprimise in a city of 400,000 thousand people. I would be happy with 20 and 23 story buildings, like the ones we now have, three in total. One built in both '69 + '71. So I think it is a good thing that there are people who care about the flip side of Nimbyism, and are speaking out.
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I never thought I'd see the day...Victorians are complaining because there are only three buildings in the works that are taller than 18 stories! (including Townline)
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hahahhaahaha!!! I am not complaining I think it's great. I just think it's a good thing to have a balance of views. if just the nimbys speak out then as they say "the squeeky wheel gets the oil." But we do have a ways to go with the hieght issue. I love the design of the new buildings, and how they are acting well with the street socially. With retail on ground floors. and some commercial spaces in some. It's really nice to see. I just think we need some a little higher. I would like us to break the 20 story range......don't forget this is a skyscraper site Cheers all --BOB--
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Old Posted Feb 12, 2006, 11:50 AM
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Here's reflections, Langford's first highrise!



Here's Finlayson Reach in Langford as well

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it great to see that victoria has really taken off, and is now a hot spot for new home owners
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It's amazing really. These buildings sell out way before construction starts. The problem we are having is that there is such a labor shortage here. It takes quite long for some buildings to get started, and since they are presold some developers have had financial strain due to raising construction costs and unskilled laborers. Victoria has the lowest unemployment rate in the Country, it's good in one sense but it’s holding back our growth right now. Funny how it all works hey. Another reason for this is that on top of all these high-rises going up, there is also five or six multi thousand plus subdivisions being built in the burbs right now.
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I am glad we got this compilation thread back to normal!!!
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This building was approved last night:

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