83 rental apartments + 4 rental townhomes at Quadra & Southgate

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Analogue Projects, a related company to Surfside Holdings has submitted a rezoning and development permit application to the City of Victoria for a six-storey 83 unit rental apartment building and 4 rental townhouse units overtop of one underground level of parking and bicycle storage in the Fairfield neighbourhood.

The applicant has revised their application on August 20, 2018. The applicant is seeking a FSR of 2.0:1 and has made some design changes. See more here. 

Surfside Holdings currently owns the existing 34 unit rental apartment, Beacon Arms, at 505 Quadra. Over the last 20 years the company has assembled adjacent properties in anticipation of its inevitable redevelopment. This site is well situated across the street from Mayors Grove at Beacon Hill park which features an impressive selection of garry oak trees and is walking distance to inner harbour, downtown, and vibrant Cook Street village.

In addition to Beacon Arms apartments, Surfside Holdings owns and manages additional 160 units in Fairfield and James Bay. As a long time responsible landlord, Surfside has earned a solid reputation as a provider of safe and secure housing in the neighbourhood. Analogue Projects owns 116 units of rental housing in Fairfield and James Bay. These units are being offered to the remaining 10 residents of Beacon Arms on a priority basis when they become available. The developer has also engaged a tenant relocation coordinator.

The Development Site

505, 517, 519, 521 Quadra Street and 931 Convent Place

The 40,231 square foot site is comprised of four parcels with differing zoning which allows for a maximum of 4-storeys. However, the site is designated as Urban Residential in Victoria’s OCP which targets built form of multi-unit buildings to be up to 6-storeys.

  • Proposed FSR: 2.07:1 (consistent with Urban Residential in OCP )
  • Height: 6-storey (19.9 metres)
  • Site Coverage: 40%
  • Unit Mix: 42 one-bedrooms, 41 two-bedrooms, 4 three-bedroom townhomes
  • Gross Floor Area: 83,130 with 89% efficency
  • Parking: 87 residents (1 per/suite) + 8 visitors = 95

    Surfside Holdings Quadra & Convent

    PIDCivic AddressZone CodeZone DescriptionOCPNCPRegistered OwnerWidthDepthLot SizeSales HistoryYear ConstructedActual Land Use2016 Assessed Land Value2016 Assessed Total Value
    000-057-070505 QUADRA ST VictoriaR3-AM-1Mid-Rise Multiple Dwelling DistrictUrban Place Designation: Urban ResidentialNeighbourhood Plan: FairfieldSURFSIDE HOLDINGS LTD.n/an/a23,7511965MULTI-FAMILY (APARTMENT BLOCK) $2,455,000 $5,384,000
    009-425-675931 CONVENT PL VictoriaR-KMedium Density Attached Dwelling DistrictUrban Place Designation: Urban ResidentialNeighbourhood Plan: FairfieldSURFSIDE HOLDINGS LTD.451205,4001903SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING $717,000 $769,300
    009-397-531517 QUADRA ST VictoriaR3-A1Low Profile Multiple Dwelling DistrictUrban Place Designation: Urban ResidentialNeighbourhood Plan: FairfieldSURFSIDE HOLDINGS LTD.60985,8806/12/2007 $700,000.00 Type: IMPRV SINGLE PROPERTY CASH1939SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING $739,000 $805,000
    008-315-957519 QUADRA ST VictoriaR3-A1Low Profile Multiple Dwelling DistrictUrban Place Designation: Urban ResidentialNeighbourhood Plan: FairfieldSURFSIDE HOLDINGS LTD.601116,6608/29/2008 $767,000.00 Type: IMPRV SINGLE PROPERTY CASH;



    2/1/2005 $420,000.00 Type: IMPRV SINGLE PROPERTY CASH
    1940DUPLEX, NON-STRATA SIDE BY SIDE OR $782,000 $895,000

    Stucco and cornice elements on the multi-unit apartment have been changed from charcoal to white. The brick coverage on the west elevation of the multi-unit apartment building has been modified to provide variation to the façade.

Overview of ‘The Beacon’ apartments and townhomes

The siting and massing is appropriate for the area. The multi-storey apartment building will be on the SW corner of the site fronting onto Quadra, and the townhouse units massing along Convent will help ease the transition between the neighbouring single family homes.

There are no bylaw-protected trees within the property boundary in direct conflict with the building footprint that require removal prior to construction.

As typical with new development, the neighbourhood feedback was concerned with traffic and parking. The developer has been generous in providing a ratio of greater than 1.0 parking space per suite. Parking for the project will be entirely secure and underground with 95 tenant and visitor parking spaces for the 87 suites. An additional 110 bicycle stalls will be provided. This level of parking meets the Proposed Bylaw minimum of 95 spaces, based on the cities Off-Street Parking Review.

The project is under review at City Hall, and is anticipated to gain full support and approval in the coming months as appetite for new rental product in this area is insatiable. The existing structures are approaching the end of their useful service life, and the new proposal respects the surrounding neighbourhood and OCP guidelines. Fairfield is home to a significant number of apartment buildings. This projects supports the goal to maintain neighbourhood population to ensure to support the viability of community and commercial services and schools. This will be an excellent addition to the area with quick access to downtown, Beacon Hill park, and Cook Street village.

4 COMMENTS

  1. This is a massive proposed building, blocking out views and light from neighbouring buildings. What is the point of having a 4 story zoning restriction if it can be so easily changed? This is an offensive building plan for the area. The town homes are more in keeping with the neighbourhood.
    Even the new buildings at Quadra and Hillside are only 3 stories high.
    This is precedent setting around Beacon Hill Park.
    I urge the city of Victoria to maintain the 4 story restriction in this area.

    • OCP targets 6 storey in this neighbourhood. Albeit most developers have not been successful in attaining 6 storey’s because of the vehement neighbourhood association and CALUC.

  2. I agree with Deborah’s comments above. Also the observation regarding the neighbourhoods reaction at the Fairfield Community presentation is understated at best. Yes, there are certainly concerns over parking, but also the height and density were very much a concern and discussed…..the OCP was brought and the neighbourhood does not support the recommendation to 6 stories – this came out clearly in that meeting.

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