Saanich’s former Mayfair Lanes could soon be redeveloped into a residential hub featuring hundreds of rental units and a large grocery store.
Vancouver-based developer Townline released a proposal on February 13th, which would see the unveiling of a multi-tower, mixed-use residential and commercial property.
With the addition of the second Great Canadian Superstore on Vancouver Island, this development will include two 21-storey towers and one 24-storey tower containing 555 rental units.
Saanich Mayor, Dean Murdock tells Victoria Buzz, “We are pleased to see this application that will deliver more homes for more people in an area of Saanich that’s well-served by public transit, near the Galloping Goose regional trail and surrounded by high-quality services and amenities.”
“The inclusion of a grocery store in this application will mean neighbourhood services for the new and existing area residents right outside their front doors,” says Murdock.
Before the land was purchased by Townline in 2021 for $17.3 million, the 3.38 acre site located on 760 Tolmie Avenue sat vacant for 16 years.
After going under in 2006 and being demolished throughout 2007, the demise of Mayfair Lanes signified the steady decline of local bowling spots throughout Greater Victoria.
Loblaw, which owns the Great Canadian Superstore chain would go on to lease 100,000 square feet of commercial space within a future build poised to take advantage of Saanich’s Uptown-Douglas community plan.
After sitting vacant for 16 years, what are your thoughts on the long-awaited development of this site?