Exploring Civic Redevelopment

Project state
Active

The District is currently exploring options to redevelop property and better use land to not only address the needed replacement of municipal buildings, but benefit the community by creating new housing, services and amenities. 

This is an opportunity that only comes around once every 50+ years to reimagine public spaces and design multifunctional sites that enable us to provide more amenities and integrate space for needed services in our community.

Background

Since 2006, the District of Central Saanich has been exploring the feasibility of redeveloping civic buildings. The building that contains Municipal Hall, Fire Station 2, and the Police Station (located at 1903 Mt Newton Cross Road) and the facilities at Municipal Yard (located at 1703 Keating Cross Road) require replacement in the near future to address seismic and accessibility deficiencies and meet post-disaster standards. The sites are large and do not meet the best use of land for the community. These facilities are identified in the District’s Facilities Long-term Asset Management Plan (FLAMP) as requiring major rehabilitation or replacement in the next five years. 

The 2021/22 Strategic Plan highlighted the need for a study to explore redevelopment. The study seeks to find ways the sites can best contribute to the vision for the growing community by providing needed community amenities and diverse housing opportunities, in addition to municipal facilities. 

Timeline:

  • In 2006, the District began to review options for the Municipal Hall redevelopment, which included the Fire and Police Stations.
  • In 2009, the Fire Station was selected as the priority and Fire Station #1 was built at the new location at 1512 Keating Cross Road; it was completed in 2013. (Fire Station #1 debt will be repaid in 2025.)
  • In 2012, an open house was held to present redevelopment plans for 1903 Mt Newton.
  • In 2014, Council considered options for 1903 Mt Newton Cross Road, including the sale of approximately 3 acres for market residential and mixed-use commercial. Council directed that staff plan to expedite repayment of Fire Station #1 debt and postpone any further work on redevelopment of the Municipal Hall site until the Fire Hall debt was closer to being paid off.
  • In 2021, a feasibility study for replacement or renewal was identified in the District’s 2021-2022 Strategic Priorities.
  • In 2023, the District of Central Saanich feasibility began a study for the replacement or renewal of key municipal facilities: the Municipal Hall including Police Services and Fire Hall #2 and the Municipal Works Yard.

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