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Iconic newspaper building in Victoria to become mixed-use environment


VICTORIA —
(CNW Group/Merchant House Capital)

For conceptual purposes. (CNW Group/Merchant House Capital)

Merchant House Capital Inc. has announced its acquisition of the historic Times Colonist Building, located at 2621 Douglas St., Victoria, B.C. Situated at the newly approved Humber Green Urban Village, the project provides for a total buildable density of 270,000 sq ft.

The project will see the restoration and reconfiguration of the iconic newspaper building into an urban campus-style mixed-use environment, featuring street level retail and 120,000 square feet of large floor-plate office. The building will be reconfigured to provide for the installation of an interior atrium bisecting the existing building, and the installation of a roof-top common space to include a restaurant/cafe feature.

The Print Reel Building is proposed to be an urban entertainment space with distillery/brewery manufacturing zoning. The project proposes the addition of up to 150,000 square feet of purpose-built rental which will be integrated into the existing Times Colonist Building to create a community-driven, work-live-play urban ecosystem.

“The Times Colonist Building represents such a unique cultural landmark for Victoria,” says David Fullbrook, CEO of Merchant House Capital. “Not only does the building embody the living history of Victoria and Vancouver Island, but its preservation and reuse signals the emergence of the new Midtown urban village.”




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