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More growth possible in Esquimalt’s core with 213-unit, 5-storey residential proposal

The two-building project would be split by a public art walk

With the township’s recreation centre across the street and the new town square flanking another side, a proposal looks to bring 213 rental units to a growing spot of Esquimalt.

Boardwalk REIT and Invictus Commercial Corp.’s proposal, called the Marin, includes two buildings that would take the place of 14 single-family residential properties between Carlisle Avenue and Lyall Street.

The five-storey application is seeking rezoning and is up for second reading at Esquimalt’s Monday council meeting, with a recommendation for the project to be passed along to a public hearing.

More than half the units would be one-bedrooms and a covenant would ensure at least 20 three-bedrooms are included.

With a landscaped pathway splitting the two buildings, the proposal seeks to link to and extend the Esquimalt town square’s public art walk. A connecting crosswalk across Carlisle Avenue would be included in the covenant to make this happen.

After first consideration by council, the developers were asked to reduce any potential wind tunnel effect between the two buildings. The applicants said strong winds normally run perpendicular to the walkway, so it would serve as a sanctuary from the gusts.

In a letter to council from last year, the developers said the Marin would aim to support active transportation, make it easy for residents to get to shops, recreation and other services, and use on-site amenities to enhance social connection.

The site proposes 213 vehicle and bike parking spots, respectively. The vehicle spaces include five that would be accessible and seven for visitors. The covenant also seeks to secure 110 year-long bus passes for residents.

READ: Former Esquimalt pub site rezoned for 6-storey build despite neighbour concern

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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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