Victoria Press Building
(Merchant House Capital)

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.

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Rooftop Common Space

Times Colonist Building Victoria Press Building
(Merchant House Capital)

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

Press Reel Room Victoria Press Building
Press Reel Room (Merchant House Capital)

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

Victoria Press Building Kings Road
New entrantrance on Kinds Road (Merchant House Capital)

A new modern entryway on Kings Road adds building circulation adjacent to the Print Reel Room and on-site parking.

 

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