Plans are in place to preserve the Colwood dairy building as part of a new development on the Goldstream Avenue property. (Gazette file photo)

Condo development will preserve parts of historic dairy

Project involves 105 units in three buildings

Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff

An old stone structure built in 1852 will be preserved as part of a new condominium development in Colwood that will offer a range of condos on the two-acre site.

The availability of more land at the 468 Landmark site on Goldstream Avenue cleared the way for a redesign that maintains historic elements, said Chuck Meagher, the project’s sales manager.

“We realize the historical significance and are making efforts to do something very special,” he noted.

The original floor of four brick layers in the dairy house is part of one of the oldest farms on Vancouver Island, he noted, adding “we’ve gone to great lengths to preserve that and the restoration will include everything that was there.”

That attention to detail will extend throughout the property, with onsite improvement’s being handled by Patrick Lucey, a renowned environmental consultant and president of Aqua-Tex, which specializes in integrated water management, freshwater ecology and green building and site design.

“I’ve worked with Patrick before and am really looking forward to working with him on this project,” said Meagher, a member of the Century 21 Queenswood Realty team. “A two-hour walk in the woods with him is like taking environmental courses at a university.”

Although details of the final design are not fully completed, the project will be built to Build Green standards that utilize the latest environmental initiatives, Meagher said.

“All materials will be chosen based on minimizing environmental impact,” he added. “It will be a balanced community.”

The $80 million 468 Landmark includes 195 one to three-bedroom condos in three buildings, one eight-storey concrete and the others six-storey wood frame.

Sizes will range from 725 sq. ft. to 1,400 sq. ft., with prices starting in the $260,000 range to $850,000, and marketing is expected to begin in July, Meagher said.

The builder for the project recently completed the Shire project in Saanich, which has drawn great reviews, he said.

“Our aim is to equal or excel the standards the Shire established,” he noted.

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