Big changes are coming to Victoria’s newly-billed “midtown” neighbourhood.
The Times Colonist Building is slated to undergo a large-scale renovation. In addition to changing its look – both inside and out – the historic property will also be renamed the “Victoria Press Building”.
An exact timeline for renovations have yet to be released, but on victoriapressbuilding.com, the “About” section features this statement: “In 2018, a new era of business, creativity, social life and prosperity begins.”
Developments include 14,000 square feet of office space named “The Boneyard”, a rooftop green space, and – currently under zoning application – a tower of residential units.
The Times Colonist will remain as the anchor tenant of the revamped building, according to Editor-In-Chief Dave Obee.
Rooftop Common Space
Over 43,500 square feet – an entire acre – has been allocated for fully curated green space with panoramic views of Greater Victoria, the inner harbour and Olympic Peninsula.
Print Reel Room
The renovated 9,000 square-foot “Print Reel Room” will feature a new entry on Kings Road and elevator access to the 1-acre rooftop common area.
With its 50-foot ceiling, dedicated loading dock, reinforced concrete floors and freight elevator, this historic space is being rezoned for a distillery/brewery and tasting room, complementing other food, beverage and retail services.
Kings Road Façade
A new modern entryway on Kings Road adds building circulation adjacent to the Print Reel Room and on-site parking.