Saturday, May 18, 2024

Developers break ground on former Esquimalt bingo hall location for rental building


This week, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at 820 Esquimalt Road, former site of the Esquimalt bingo hall and Soupa Cafe.

On Tuesday, March 12th, members of the community arrived on site, along with Councillor Ken Armour and the developers themselves gathered to break ground so construction can begin. 

Denciti Development Corp. is turning the old bingo hall site into a six storey, 135-unit rental building dubbed Esquimalt Terrace. 

Late last year, Denciti received a unanimous approval regarding the project from town council and have since been preparing to take on the endeavour. 

They believe that because the building is situated in a convenient location with proximity to downtown Victoria and many local businesses, the building is perfect for those who enjoy walking, travel by transit or use the Township’s active transportation network. 

“Esquimalt Terrace is more than just a structure,” said David Fawley, Principal of Denciti Development Corp.

“It is a symbol of progress, growth, revitalisation and our commitment to housing that meets the needs of today’s residents but also anticipates the needs of future generations.”

Esquimalt Terrace will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and 100% of the units will be rentals.

The building will prioritize sustainable transportation, offering limited parking for vehicles, 199 bicycle parking spaces and every initial resident will receive a one-year free bus pass when they move in. 

Esquimalt Terrace will also have two live-work spaces on its ground floor. These units will include a residence as well as a working space for home-based businesses such as hairdressers, therapists or artists.

“The meticulous collaboration and planning that have brought us to this moment have been guided by the principle that our residents will not just reside here but will thrive in a community that promotes a high quality of life,” said Fawley. 

The developers plan on having Esquimalt Terrace completed by 2026.

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