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1001 Blanshard Street

This 7,700 sq. ft. adaptive re-use project’s objective was to take a derelict corner across from Victoria’s Royal Theatre and transform it into a vibrant cultural hub that enhances the arts district of downtown, anchors the urban neighborhood for the burgeoning residential population and promotes the talent of local businesses.

The two storey building was demised into four units, all leased to local entrepreneurs. Originally office space, the upper floor was converted into a rooftop restaurant that features an expansive south-facing rooftop patio with views of the heritage façade of the Royal Theatre. The ground floor was converted into three separate retail and office units with a core of common washrooms and shower facilities for tenant use. An architectural feature to note is the steel and glass covered stairway which serves as the main entrance to the second floor restaurant space.

Uptown Phase Three

Whole Foods at Uptown, located in the heart of Saanich, is the third phase of the successful Uptown project. The project consists of a 40,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods store, 5,000 sq. ft. of prime space for smaller retail tenants, and a multi-level parkade.

The project creates a pedestrian oriented streetscape that includes new bike pathways, sidewalks, extensive landscaping, water features and public art, as well as significant improvements to both transit and pedestrian access routes in the area.

Uptown Phase Three incorporates sustainable design features, and is in the process of achieving LEED Gold certification.

Rosalie’s Village

Rosalie’s Village consists of 42 housing units in three buildings: one four storey apartment building, and two, four unit townhouses. The units include 18 two bedroom units for single mothers with children, 20 one bedroom units for older women at-risk, one housemother unit, and three emergency shelter units.

The Village includes Mary’s Place, an on-site, licensed daycare for 37 infants and school-age children. The Village also has a community kitchen and Rosalie’s Centre for Women and Children provides on-site assistance as required by tenants, including a Woman’s day program, work training programs, life skills training, emergency relief, vouchers, and workshops

Rosalie’s Village is designed to meet the requirements of the Built Green Gold standard of sustainability.

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Victoria Real Estate Board

3035 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4W2
Tel: (250) 385-7766 Fax: (250) 385-8773

Historically speaking

The Commercial Building Awards were started in 1991 by a group of REALTORS® who were concerned that commercial development within the Greater Victoria area was not receiving the recognition it deserved.

The Commercial Building Awards competition is recognized among architects, builders and developers and the real estate community as a prestigious event dedicated to the advancement of excellence in construction and design. Because of its success, the Victoria Commercial Building Awards program is now being emulated by various real estate boards throughout BC and across Canada.

The Commercial Division of the Victoria Real Estate Board is dedicated to advancement in quality developments and to encouraging a better environment within our community and is proud to sponsor this annual competition.