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Summit at Quadra Village : Public Access Spaces

June 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM : Neighbourhood Meeting re: the Summit at Quadra Village Common Spaces

901 Kings Rd: Quadra Village Community Centre in the Youth Centre: Taking Place at the beginning of the DBAC / QVCC Board Meeting

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Come and hear the latest about allotment gardens plan and other possibilities for the common spaces at the Summit at Quadra Village from neighbourhood / Quadra Village Community Centre representatives.  Key input is needed the help guide representatives to make the best decisions going forward.  The 38 bed allotment bed has been proposed by he CRHD in the area that is the most suited to busy, potentially noisy activities.  If we lock in to the plan for alltment gardens at this part of the exterior grounds (South east) then it will greatly limit the choices for the other common spaces (south west and east).  Please join in the discussion and help shape neighbourhood access at the Summit at Quadra Village.

Questions can be directed to Kelly Greenwell at kelly@quadravillagecc.com or 250 388 7696.

Opportunities for Common Spaces at the Summit at Quadra Village:

Following open houses, workshops and meetings it was agreed that the common spaces (mutual use and/or access by patients/families and community members) were important to help ensure that the Summit at Quadra Village facility adress some of the amenity lost when 3.5 acres of school property was redeveloped.

Accomplishments to Date:

  • The idea that people living and working near the facility should be able to access and benefit from the grounds and facility is accepted by the Capital Regional Hospital District. It is also accepted that overlooking and/or engaging in this activity and access could be of benefit to patients and their families.
  • A hardscape pathway encircling the ffacility will be available for walking, running etc.

Concrete Proposals Under Consideration:

  • There is a proposal to landscape, fence and provide power/water access southeast exterior grounds for the purposes of allowing the Community Centre to fundraise for, build and operate a 38 bed allotment garden.  The southwest had been proposed for the allotment gardens by neighbourhood representatives. Neighbourhood representatives are happy about the allotment gardens but concerned potential for additional active spaces could be limited by building allotments in the  southwest corner.

Possible Additional Community Access:

  • There are two outdoor areas (southwest exterior grounds and westernmost exterior grounds) that have the potential be developed for mutual patient/ community benefit.  Outdoor grassy play areas, water parks and a hard court area have been proposed.  Intensity of activities (jarring noises etc) has been flagged as an issue by Island Health.  These discussions are in progress. 

Some History:

Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) purchased the Summit at Quadra Village site (formerly part of Blanshard Elementary School) from School District 61. No formal notice was given to neighbourhood residents of this sale.
• Island Health has a 25-year contract to provide the Complex Care for patients at the Summit.

• 955 Hillside comprises the fields of the former Blanshard Elementary. When this part of Hillside-Quadra was redeveloped Blanshard Elementary and the community access it provided was central to how the neighbourhood was planned.

 Some Project Details:

• The Summit will be a 320 Bed Residential Complex Care facility (to replace Oak Bay Lodge and Mt. Tolmie Facility). Rooms will mostly be single-occupancy, with some rooms for couples.
• The footprint of the building is estimated to be 22,700 m2 (244,000 sq ft) and its height a maximum of 18.5 m (60 ft). At 4-storeys, up to 40% of a site can be building footprint; at 5-storeys, 32% of the site can be building footprint. The remaining 60-68% of the site can be paved, green space or other surfacing.
• With the planned 4-storey structure, CRHD estimates 30% of the site will be public landscape, gardens and pathways, 25% secured exterior area for residents and visitors only, and 5% driveways and infrastructure.
• 64 pay parking spaces are currently planned. There are 110 parking spaces (combined) at the facilities that The Summit is replacing.
• 266 staff will work at the facility each day (186 for day shift and 63 during evenings). Some transit incentives will be provided.
 

Some Dynamics:

•The Summit is next to the largest concentration of low-income housing in Greater Victoria, in an area with a many condos, apartments and townhomes. Children and families need realistic ways to access meaningful green space.

• Nearby Kings Road is a designated all age and abilities greenway. Additional traffic associated with The Summit could have an impact on Kings Road. Parking pressure could increase from this project.

• The construction phase has been quite disruptive in terms of dust, sleep interruption, light and jarring ground movements.

•The Summit is next to the largest concentration of low-income housing in Greater Victoria, in an area with a many condos, apartments and townhomes. Children and families need realistic ways to access meaningful green space.

• Nearby Kings Road is a designated all age and abilities greenway. Additional traffic associated with The Summit could have an impact on Kings Road. Parking pressure could increase from this project.