BC Housing outlines vision for major redevelopment of downtown hotel property – Vancouver Island Free Daily
BC Housing requested the rezoning of several lots along Caledonia and Douglas Street to create a mixed-use housing development on the current site of the Capital City Center Hotel and White Spot Restaurant.
Lots 710, 722 and 732 Caledonia Street and 1961 Douglas Street are part of the application. BC Housing bought the hotel in April 2021 and the previous year had rented out several rooms in the hotel for temporary housing.
“It is BC Housing’s long-term goal to redevelop this site to create more homes and better supports for the people we serve,” read a statement announcing the project. “While the Capital City Center Hotel provided vital supports and temporary accommodations, we recognize that the building was not built or designed for this purpose.”
BC Housing is joining forces with Chard Developments of Victoria and 710 Caledonia Equity LP, developers of the adjacent and now permanently closed White Spot Restaurant, to apply to rezone the property with the City of Victoria.
The proposed sites for the sites are purpose built and designed supportive housing, market rental housing, below market rental housing, offices, daycare, public square, retail and grocery store.
If approvals are received from the city, the development would proceed in four stages.
First, a temporary supportive housing building would be set up in a parking lot across from the hotel entrance at 722 and 726 Discovery St., with hotel residents having the option to move in.
The hotel, restaurant and other empty buildings on the included properties would then be demolished. Finally, Chard and BC Housing would work together to create the mixed-use development.
“We believe this redevelopment project would revitalize the neighborhood by creating a variety of housing types and a ’15 Minute Neighborhood’, where all residents live within walking distance of offices, daycare and retail. community including a grocery store,” the BC Housing statement read.
The plan is to engage with affected communities to refine the vision for the project.
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