It’s taken over 11 years, but the Hudson Place One building, slated to be the tallest in Victoria when built at 26 storeys, has received its final approval from city council to proceed.
While not in need of a rezoning for the property at 777 Herald St., just off Blanshard Street, developer Townline was granted a development permit with variances for the building height (extra three metres), an increase in building massing at the upper floors, and a reduction in the minimum lot area, to be able to subdivide the site to allow for servicing of this building and the proposed Hudson Place Two, the second phase of this part of the Hudson District.
Not one member of the public spoke to the 176-unit proposal for or against, and council ultimately voted 5-3 to approve.
Coun. Charlayne Thornton-Joe, who made the motion to approve the project, pointed out that Townline stepped up to help Pacifica Housing get the previously stalled Wing Building in Vic West completed with the provision of affordable units.
Coun. Margaret Lucas added that the downtown business community supports the project, noting that more housing units downtown have helped turn the retail vacancy rate around from 11 per cent down to just over three.