Thursday, February 05, 2009

Kirk Hall development voted down

You can find a lot of details on the Kirk Hall development here.

I can understand the reasons for it being turned down, but I am disappointed because I liked the look of the development.

Here is the CFAX piece on it

HERITAGE CHURCH’S PLAN FOR OFFICE TOWER DENIED

Feb 5, 2009

A COMMITTEE OF VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL TODAY KILLED A PROPOSED OFFICE TOWER ON A COURTNEY STREET PROPERTY OWNED BY ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH.

THE DECISION HAS THE CONGREGATION WONDERING HOW TO FUND UPGRADES TO THE HERITAGE CHURCH AT THE CORNER OF DOUGLAS AND BROUGHTON STREET.

MANY OF THOSE CONGREGATION MEMBERS, WHO HAD PACKED THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, LEFT IN FRUSTRATION AS ALL BUT ONE COUNCILOR VOTED NOT TO SEND A REZONING APPLICATION TO ALLOW A NINE-STORY TOWER TO PUBLIC HEARING.

THE TOWER WAS PROPOSED FOR THE SITE OF KIRK HALL, A BUILDING OWNED BY THE CHURCH NEXT TO ST. ANDREWS.

COUNCILORS FELT THE NINE STORIES WAS TOO FAR ABOVE WHAT'S ALLOWED IN THE CITY'S "OLD TOWN" DISTRICT.

BUT A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CONGREGATION STRESSED THEY NEED THE DEVELOPMENT TO FUND UPGRADES TO THE CHURCH.

THEY ALSO WARNED COUNCILORS THAT, IF THEIR PROPOSAL GOT DECLINED, THEY DON'T HAVE THE MEANS TO COME BACK WITH A NEW ONE.

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