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Why Victoria Digs Jawl’s Downtown Office Development

Why Victoria Digs Jawl’s Downtown Office Development

Perhaps inspired by the enthusiasm of its mayor, Victoria council has given unanimous approval to Jawl Properties’ plans to build an office-retail complex across the street from city hall, at 1515 Douglas St. The 287k SF project, designed by D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism, will include two towers (six and 13 storeys) with 254.5k SF of office space and 32k SF of ground-floor retail and commercial. The development—which gets top marks for having the niftiest rendering we’ve seen in a while—will target LEED Gold.

Why Victoria Digs Jawl’s Downtown Office Development

Victoria mayor Lisa Helps is an especially big fan of the Jawls scheme, insisting that this “21st-century building” will “contribute to the happiness factor of people downtown.” It’s “more than a building,” she added, according to the Victoria Times Colonist. “It’s a live interface with the public realm.” Phase 1 will see construction of the six-storey office building on Douglas and underground parking (220 stalls). The second phase will include the 13-storey tower. The former Royal Bank branch sitting on the property will be demolished.