801 McKenzie Avenue

Summary

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 cafĂ© 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. 

Location
801 McKenzie Avenue

Neighbourhood
Quadra / Cedar Hill

Status
Rezoning and Development Permit Application Submitted

Type of Homes
Market Condos & Commercial

Area Plan
Quadra

Consultants
RLA Architects, LADR Landscape Architects, JE Anderson & Associates

Number of Homes
104

Site Area
29,698 sq. ft.

Community Building & Engagement
Adam Cooper

Home Types
1 Bed to 3 Bed

Lots to be Consolidated
801, 811, 821 McKenzie Avenue

Development Timelines

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING

On Nov 25, 2021, we met with the members of the community to discuss potential development at 801 McKenzie Avenue.

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