by Roger Stonebanks, citizen reporter
Aragon Properties of Vancouver is continuing to work on a revised housing proposal for the 26-acre/10.6 hectare former Trio industrial site in Cordova Bay.
“We have environmental studies still ongoing and we are currently looking at options for a new site plan,” said Aragon Properties spokesman Luke Ramsay.
“The work is still preliminary. Once we are ready to present a new draft site plan to the community we will hold a community meeting and make all the information available on our website.”
Aragon Properties at first announced plans for the site, at Cordova Bay Road/Fowler Road, for 440 dwelling units but after two public meetings scaled this back to 385 dwelling units in a rezoning application that remains with Saanich. But it scaled this back in public announcements and in November 2016 presented plans at an ‘open house’ for 309 dwelling units – mostly in houses but also two six-storey condos, one four-storey condo and some shops.
Since then there have also been discussions about Cordova Bay Community Club about including a new badminton facility. The club has a badminton building on Sutcliffe Road that was erected in the 1950s.
Meanwhile, Saanich has approved an application by Aragon Properties to deposit dirt (fill) at the north end of the former Trio site to bring the grade up about two metres. The fill is coming from another Aragon Properties development at Esquimalt Town Square.
Ramsay said the anticipated start date is March 21 although “it may be delayed by a few days.” The Saanich permit is for 30,000 cubic metres and the first portion of the fill placement will be about 10,000 cubic metres and will take about four weeks.
He said all the fill will be environmentally “clean” – “the fill being moved to the site is verified by an environmental engineer to be at the required standard for the Cordova Bay site.”
On busy days, he said, there will be about 30 trucks a day but on some days there will be no hauling.
Aragon Properties bought the site in 2014 from the McLaren family for $6.1 million.
For previous Saanich Voice Online news stories about this project – go HERE