The article pertaining to the Clive Drive development grossly exaggerates the support of the Clive area residents to this project.
Letters to council on the issue, that are a matter of public record, clearly indicate the strong opposition of the overwhelming majority of Clive area residents to the current design of the proposed building.
Contrary to the comments of the architect, the three initial major concerns expressed to the developer: a design mass too large for the lot, inadequate setbacks on all four sides and an unacceptable parking allocation, remain and have not been addressed by the modest changes to the original design.
Progress, in fact, has been minimal. Moreover, these same concerns have also been raised by Oak Bay staff in its recommendations to council.
Readers can see from the architect’s rendering that the structure would crowd and overwhelm Ottavios and the Winchester Gallery and disrupt the pleasing ambience of that section of Oak Bay Avenue.