We are excited about the opportunity to continue to contribute to the growth of Esquimalt and are pleased to present this proposal. We acknowledge that we are building and living on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen Peoples.
Form of Development
We are proposing to enhance the supply of non-luxury residential dwelling units in Esquimalt by addressing a prevailing need, attainable housing.
After considerable discussion with planning staff, we are proposing a development which aligns with current policies and initiatives of the Township of Esquimalt. The proposed density and form of development is similar to the neighboring Comprehensive Development Zone #108, which was for the 5-story condo development at 835 Dunsmuir.
The proposed development will be a 5-storey residential building with a full range of unit sizes, from studio suites, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom units. The unit sizes will be larger than average, with 66% proposed as non-studio units to support young families.
The 9,775 square foot property is one of the last remaining single family home lots in an otherwise all multi-story, multi-family neighborhood.
It is a great spot to support Esquimalt’s goals of smart in-fill growth and densification.
There has been considerable growth and development in the neighborhood in recent years and this proposal seeks to align with these additions.
Located on the Esquimalt-Victoria border, this property is one-block from public transit on Esquimalt Road and is very close to the Westsong Walkway and the Kimata Road/E&N Connector Multi-Use Trail.
We are proposing to enhance the supply of non-luxury residential dwelling units in Esquimalt by addressing a prevailing need, attainable housing
The site has a Walk Score of 60 with ratings including ‘Good Transit’ and ‘Bikeable’.
The western face of the building fronts onto a combination of private and public Right-Of-Ways, and the proposed building is located at either an equal or greater distance from the adjacent buildings, as the recently approved building at 835 Dunsmuir is removed from the 831 Dunsmuir development.
734 Sea Terrace has been designed to respond to the current market, and the West Bay Design Guidelines.
The front of the building has a welcoming presence when approached from either Dunsmuir or Sea Terrace. The presence of the V shaped support features at the first floor entrance visually opens up the glazed indoor lobby and the covered outdoor community porch.
As a key corner location, the handsome north west brick façade column is the “street-end view” when driving east on Dunsmuir.
The outdoor plaza furniture and west facing entrances become the “street-end view” when driving along Dunsmuir. We have created spatially defined articulation for the different materials and established strong, forward-sitting masonry “knuckles” on all four corners.
The landscape plan shows a mini-plaza with hard and soft landscaping at the intersection of Sea Terrace and Dunsmuir, with sitting benches and a Free Library book box.
The design will feature large windows, modern finishing and usable balconies, with larger south and west facing windows and decks to allow winter passive heating.
We have stepped back the proposed building from adjacent multi-family buildings, to the same degree that the recently approved building at 835 Dunsmuir was stepped back from the 831 Dunsmuir development.
Economic & Environmental Impact
We are committed to providing a positive offering to the community and have consulted with experts in order to design the proposed building with careful consideration of these key components.