Bayview One was the first building to go up on the Bayview Place land in Victoria West. File photo

HOMEFINDER: Bayview in Vic West adding a senior’s element

Vancouver’s Element Lifestyle Retirement buys into master-planned neighbourhood

Ten buildings are projected for the master-planned 20-acre Bayview Place property in Victoria West at full buildout.

One of those will be a seniors-oriented building, following the recent sale of 1.96 acres of the land to Vancouver-based developer Element Lifestyle Retirement. The company plans to build a $75-million five-storey complex on the Kimta Street edge of the Bayview site with an aging-in-place theme. The initial design calls for 155 units, split between condominiums (50), rental units (70) and licensed care spaces (35).

“We’re very happy, very pleased with the selection of Element as the developer,” said Paul Corns, communications manager for Bayview Properties. “The designs that they have and the buildings they’ve built are of very high quality.”

Element has constructed high-end retirement properties on the mainland, including OPAL in Vancouver and OASIS in Langley.

The creation of an element at Bayview to allow seniors to age in place has been a part of the overall concept for the property from the beginning, noted Corns.

“It was always the case when we went for our zoning. We looked at a couple of different options, including developing age-in-place opportunities for seniors to come here and have a quality of life that will allow them to stay connected to the community,” he said.

“It’s a highly complimentary feature of the site to all the buildings that exist and it’s going to add great value to the community.”

The site already includes two condo towers, icluding Bayview One, built by Ken and Patricia Mariash’s Focus Equities. Bosa Properties built Promontory and is well into construction on a third tower, Encore, which is already sold out. A fourth building is in the design phase in advance of seeking a development permit, Corns said.

Element bills the new development as providing a continuum of lifestyles from active, independent living to assisted and complex care. The project’s completion is slated for late 2020.

“We’re rethinking societal conventions of providing support and care in residences that single out an entire demographic by their age and need,” said Candy Ho, Element director and vice-president. “Element’s mission is to break through stigma and ageism, and create communities where people across all generations can thrive, together, as they grow and age in place.”

As well as residential buildings, the Bayview site plan calls for the creation of cultural, performance and retail amenities. The goal is to utilize the roundhouse buildings for some of these elements, such as a farmer’s market.

At full buildout the property will include 1.5 million square feet of residential development, which would make it the largest master-planned development area in the city.

For more information about Element’s plans, visit elementlifestyleretirement.com.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Omnibus zoning bylaw sent for revisions to prevent blanket upzoning in downtown Victoria

More than 10 downtown properties identified by Downtown Residents Association

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

Plastic checkout bag ban to take effect in Victoria next summer

Merchants may still provide free bags for certain grocery and retail items

Mount Douglas Park is not a garbage dump, its firs are not your Christmas tree

Furniture and appliances routinely dumped, rare and native plants routinely stolen from park

Development on grounds of former Victoria Truth Centre sent to public hearing

Controversial project moves forward with revisions to previous plans

VIDEO: That’s a wrap: Be a Santa to a Senior packages ready to go out

Program hands out more than 600 gifts to Greater Victoria seniors

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

Shelbourne Community Kitchen vies for $20,000 prize

Epicure Foundation, based in North Saanich, will give five groups $20,000 each

Woman in Nanaimo accidentally hands over diamond ring with spare change

Incident happened Wednesday at about 7 p.m. at parking lot near Nanaimo’s boardwalk

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Victoria cycling advocate makes pitch lor lower speeds on local roads

Group points to evidence suggesting 30 km/h speed limit would save money, lives

Optimistic Victoria whale watching company invests in new vessel

Banner 2017 tourist season helps Prince of Whales decide to boost service

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

Most Read