801 McKenzie Avenue
801 McKenzie is envisioned bring new and diversified housing options to the neighbourhood with 1, 2 & 3-bedroom condo homes that include family-oriented garden level homes. Located at the boundary of Saanich East and Saanich West in the Swan Lake neighbourhood, the site will provide access to transit, employment, schools, shopping, recreation, and other amenities.
Designed to complement the neighbourhood, the proposed design keeps with the West Coast architecture style that is prevalent across Victoria, while also incorporating a contemporary contrasting colour palette and traditional building materials like brick and bevel siding. The massing is softened by stepping back the two upper floors, while a decorative wood-like screen and wood-coloured soffits create a sense of warmth at the entry. Appearing as only 5-storeys from McKenzie Ave, this 6-storey building takes advantage of a change in grading to incorporate a retail space off Rainbow Street which was requested by the community association and is envisioned to be a local community-serving café for residents and visitors to Rainbow Park.
The proposed landscape design for the site will enhance the natural environment and provide an improved streetscape experience that includes a bike path, tree lined boulevard, and new sidewalk to improve pedestrian safety and support the community vision for McKenzie Ave. Located across the street from Rainbow Park, the site provides access to many nearby outdoor recreational areas including Christmas Hill, Swan Lake, the Swan Lake Loop Trail, and the Lochside Regional Trail.
801 McKenzie Avenue
Quadra / Cedar Hill
Rezoning and Development Permit Application Submitted
Type of Homes
Market Condos & Commercial
RLA Architects, LADR Landscape Architects, JE Anderson & Associates
Number of Homes
29,698 sq. ft.
Community Building & Engagement
1 Bed to 3 Bed
Lots to be Consolidated
801, 811, 821 McKenzie Avenue