A major new student housing project at the University of Victoria has received preliminary approval from Saanich council.

At a Special Council meeting on August 19th, the district spoke in favour of of the university building one 8-storey and one 11-storey building for student housing.

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This would create 783 student housing beds, with 162 of them replacing existing beds and 621 creating additional capacity. The development variance permit application also requested the addition of a temporary dining facility.

The proposed site is currently occupied by the Cadboro Commons Building, the Margaret Newton student residence and the Emily Carr student residence, and includes surrounding green space.

Building 1 is proposed to include a 600 seat dining hall, a servery and commercial kitchen with 398 student housing beds on the upper floors. It  has a proposed height of 6-storeys at Ring Road (University Drive) and steps up to a-storeys to the east.

The second building is proposed to include two 225 seat academic classrooms, a banquet hall, meeting rooms and 385 student housing beds.

It is proposed to be 11-storeys and if approved, would be the tallest building on the University’s campus.

The BC government announced in November 2018 that it will contribute financing of $123 million toward the total cost of approximately $201 million.