An artist’s rendering of the Hudson Walk Two, Townline’s third rental development in the Hudson District. Contributed illustration

Hudson Walk Two taking shape downtown

Development adds 106 units to rental inventory

Tim Collins

VICTORIA NEWS

This week, the Hudson District added a third urban rental building, Hudson Walk Two, into a Victoria rental housing market plagued by unprecedented low vacancy rates.

“These homes offer the ultimate in convenient downtown living and the uptake on them has been the fastest we’ve seen on this project,” said Rick Ilich, president of Townline, the company behind the Hudson District development. “This community continues to come alive and that is very rewarding to see.”

Hudson Walk Two is a 16-storey concrete purpose-built rental forming part of the Hudson District. It’s the third urban residence in Townline’s plans, preceded by Hudson Mews (120 units) and Hudson Walk One (178 units). The newest project will add 106 units to the city’s rental inventory, an addition lauded by David Hutniak, CEO of LandlordBC.

“We definitely need these purpose-built rental-housing units in Victoria to allow the city to grow and meet the needs of the community,” said Hutniak.

“Victoria is changing and while the mayor has done a great job in streamlining the development process and changes in bylaws to allow for secondary housing (garden and basement suites) are great, we really need developments like this if we’re going to seriously address the rental housing shortage.”

He said the community has to recognize that (residential) density isn’t a dirty word but rather a reflection of what the city has to do to grow and prosper.

“The message, I think, has been heard at a political level, but it’s the whole community that has to look at the situation and appreciate that we need more housing,” he said.

Hudson Walk Two is exactly what the city needs said Chris Colbeck, vice president of marketing for Townline. He described the wide variety of pet-friendly apartments, featuring 15 one- and-two-bedroom floor plans in condo-style homes as well as walk-up town-homes. The units range in size from 474 to 1,302 square feet.

“The units will allow for a broad range of people to live and work right in the city. It’s a strategy designed to add to the vibrancy of the city,” said Colbeck, adding the development brings diversity and energy to the downtown core, noting the units are being occupied by a full range of tenants, including students, young professionals, seniors and down-sizers opting for a simpler life downtown.

The next phase of the Hudson development is now in the planning stages and is planned as a high-rise condo building.

More information can be found at hudsondistrict.ca.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Peace Walk fundraiser for hospice runs on Sunday

Take a walk, have a snack, and help donate to a local charity

City of Victoria joins national food waste reduction program

The City is partnering in the Love Food, Hate Waste Program

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

Swimmer set for double crossing of Georgia Strait

Jill Yoneda’s Aug. 3 swim will benefit Canuck Place

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

Most Read