11-storey rental apartment tower planned for Uptown in Saanich

Andrew Duffy / Times Colonist

The first residential building planned for Uptown will be an 11-storey structure with 134 rental suites and townhomes, according to plans submitted to Saanich.

The development at the corner of Carey Road and Ravine Way will also offer 55,000 square feet of retail space at the northwest end of Uptown Boulevard.

“We’re very excited to be moving into the formal approvals process for the final phase of the mixed-use neighbourhood that is Uptown, and particularly pleased to be working toward a residential development that will help to meet the local need for more rental homes,” said Geoff Nagle, director of development for Morguard Investments Limited.

The proposal will be before Saanich council for rezoning later this year.

Design features include exterior suite entrances and dedicated, secure bicycle and automobile parking.

The suites will be offered as studio, one- and two-bedrooms.

“We began the redevelopment of this property in 2008 and so much has changed in the neighbourhoods in and around Uptown since that time,” said Nagle. “Uptown is at the centre of an evolving urban core in Saanich and it’s going to become even more vibrant as people continue to move into this area.”

The proposed residential building is to be located adjacent to the Whole Foods store that is under construction.

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