New Condo Developments in Nanaimo
Apartment style condo developments are sprouting up all over Nanaimo, especially around downtown, near the university, around Bowen Road and the hospital, and in North Nanaimo. This page lists new condo developments that are in the planning phase or have already started construction.
If you have questions about any developments or if you'd like me to keep you notified of something, please give me a call or email me.
Upcoming New Construction Condo Projects
Millstone Riverfront (Howard Johnson site)
This has been in the works for a while; it has passed 1st and 2nd readings with the City and I would imagine it IS moving forward at this point, even though there are a lot of moving parts! Several properties are involved, a lot of demolition, probably some environmental studies, contributions to the public walkway, etc.
The vision in the current application includes a 16-storey hotel, a park, commercial and retail space, and 698 residential condo/townhome units! The rendering below by Victoria's D'AMBROSIO architecture + urbanism shows the concept in place. This will modernize Nanaimo's skyline and produce a lot of much-needed housing inventory close to the downtown core!
Windermere at Longwood
Longwood is a popular "senior-friendly lifestyle" community in North Nanaimo, with 6 large condo buildings currently wrapping around a well-tended landscape of large ponds and perennial gardens. This was mostly built 20 years ago, but there has always been a vacant space at the southwest corner (nearest to the Origin at Longwood assisted living facility).
Now (July 2022), there is an application to the City to construct the new Windermere buildings! The address will be 4775 Uplands Dr and there will be two 4-storey buildings with 96 dwelling units total.
Update: I just heard a rumour that Windermere is not moving ahead. Will update this page when it's confirmed.
Like the existing grounds at Longwood, Windermere will feature an outdoor area characterized by stone walkways, rain gardens, dry creek swales, attractive lighting and large planters, etc.
The strata at Longwood does not allow rentals. It DOES allow 1 dog up to 10kg when fully grown. There are many common facilities here. I imagine that all of these will remain true in the case of the Windermere buildings.
340 Campbell St
UPDATE: On July 26, 2022 there was an application to the City for demolishing the existing building.
On the corner of Wallace St and Campbell St in downtown Nanaimo, on the site of the old Caledonia Clinic, there are plans to construct a six storey building with 163 residential units. It is not yet clear whether this will be stratified, i.e., available to purchase units (let me know if I should keep you in the loop). However, it's an exciting possibility for adding further density to the area, complementing plans for further development of the nearby Howard Johnson site across Comox Rd.
The Regatta - 550 Brechin Rd
UPDATE: This project will NOT be sold as strata units. The developer will keep the property for market rentals.
The application has been approved; as of April 2022, the site is being developed (see photo below). Campbell River's WestUrban Developments is planning an 87-unit building directly above the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal with phenomenal views of the bay and Saysutshun (Newcastle Island). Two parkade levels below, topped by four levels of apartments.
An application was submitted at the end of 2021 for a 3-storey condo building with 24 units. The location is the corner of Albert and Prideaux Streets (Old City), where there has been a vacant lot for as long as I can remember, with various U-Haul trailers among other stored equipment.
As of today, March 23, 2022, the lot is for sale and the existing permit application is offered to buyer/developers. This is still early in the process but I'm cautiously optimistic that we will get more housing in that area, and more shoppers for the "Superette" bodega across the tracks!
Contact me if you want to receive updates about this or any other development.
Bowen Road Corridor - 3 Upcoming Condo Developments
2103 Bowen Road, 1641 Bowen Rd, 2126 Meredith Rd
Here are THREE proposed apartment projects from different developers - all three were submitted to the City in 2021. The locations are shown in the image below, all within the rapidly-developing CENTRAL urban corridor taking shape along Bowen Rd. Note, I don't currently have absolute confirmation that these will be condos - they may be kept by the developers as market rentals.
For 2103 Bowen Rd, the vision is for a 41-unit building by Victoria's Camargue Properties. This is the corner of Bowen Rd and Meredith Rd. I see that there are plans to include just 39 parking spaces for a 41-unit building. I wonder if the City will approve this, even though we have seen parking issues at other condos in recent years following parking variances approved for those locations.
At 2126 Meredith Rd, there is still an original home built in 1901 (I would have loved to see this area in 1901, a remote homestead area between the towns of Nanaimo and Wellington!). However, there are proposals to demolish that house and to build a 4-storey, 21-unit apartment building with a parking garage. This is right beside the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Meredith near Bowen Rd.
NOTE, the property/plans are listed for sale (Aug2022).
The 1641 Bowen Rd project is a five-storey wood-framed building with roof-top patio and covered parkade. There will be 21 units and 27 parking spaces, plus 12 long term bike storage units. The location is right beside the Chevron, across from École Quarterway elementary school.
I don't have any other information about these projects at this time, but I'll be watching them closely! Contact me if you'd like to get an email from me when there are updates.
Kelowna-based developer Highstreet Ventures is working on three condo buildings between Long Lake and North Town Center mall in the Uplands area of North Nanaimo. They are promoted as being "green", partly due to triple-pane windows, solar panels and EV charging stations.
The buildings are Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, with Alpha being southmost of the three, presumably with the best mountain and lake views. Alpha also features 9' ceilings whereas the other two buildings have 8' ceilings. Bravo is to the northwest, closer to Rutherford Rd and the Grand Hotel; Charlie is tucked up near Salal Drive and may have great views from the top floors. All buildings have underground parking.
Construction is underway and the units are available for pre-sale, with most having already sold (right away) in fall of 2021. About 15 lower-level units were remaining in early January 2022; those were listed on MLS and sold right away ($435k-$510k range).
North Vancouver developer Parkshore has had success with their Outlook project on Haliburton Street (that project completed in early 2021) and they sold out their Prospect development (currently under construction) and the Lumina building which is nearby the first two. In early 2022 they announced The Station which will be NORTH of downtown Nanaimo (location details below). The development permit application (DP001252) is already approved by the City.
UPDATE: This development sold out immediately in mid/late February 2022. ($179,900-$525,900 +GST). Contact me if you have any questions about this or any other development.
The location is just north of the Port-o-Call Hotel at the corner of Townsite and the Island Highway. The building will have 6 storeys including 69 units ranging from 311 sqft micro-studios, to studios, and 1-2 bedroom units with ocean views.
All units come with a parking space and full appliance package. Completion is expected in fall of 2024.
In the Old City area, near to where the railway crosses Franklyn St (near the Vivo Condos), there is a lot that has sat vacant for the past few years. There are plans to build a multi-unit building there - and its 16 units will be quite small - these may be some of the lowest-cost (relative to market) NEWLY-built dwelling units in recent memory.
There is scant information available at this point, aside from the development permit application (DP001226) which makes reference to underground STORAGE, and some plan/drawings done by Joyce Reid Troost Architecture (see below). It appears that this proposal may have been approved by the City at a Dec21/2021 meeting.
Want me to keep you in the loop about this building? Just contact me and let me know.
Nelson Rd Multi-Family Development
A huge development has been proposed for Nelson Road, near the new roundabout on Turner Rd, behind Longwood Station:
The development may look something like what is shown below (this is a rendering by dHKArchitects for the developer) - it appears there will be about 23 townhome units, as well as two large 6-7 storey apartment buildings. As of July 2022 the Preliminary Layout Acceptance (PLA) appears to be in place.
Contact me if you want to be kept in the loop about this development.
4961 Songbird Place
You may be familiar with Songbird Place already - it's a short street adjacent to North Town Centre (Rutherford Mall), with two existing condo buildings already in place:
- Rutherford Pointe, completed in 1997
- Songbird Place, completed in 2015
But there is a third building that is going to be constructed (permit was approved Nov2021), in the now-undeveloped space to the south of the other buildings. It will have five storeys plus underground parking, for a total of 108 condo units.
This is an amazing location for those who want to be in the middle of things - it's VERY walkable, being about 300m from the Fairway Market, not to mention the rest of the mall, transit routes, restaurants, and Long Lake trails.
If you want to be kept in the loop, feel free to contact me and I'll take your name down, and I'll notify you when these are listed for sale.
The Village on Third
A big 4-acre mixed-use development for students, 2 blocks from VIU.
Currently under construction with some pre-sales available!
See more info and listings: The Village on Third
Harbourview - Outlook, Prospect, Lumina
Just south of downtown Nanaimo on Haliburton Street, there is a vision being realized for a walkable oceanside community of high-density condominium projects. Pre-construction units are now being offered.
6340 McRobb Ave, North Nanaimo
This development is pre-selling in batches as of March 2022 (look for listings on McRobb Ave) with completion expected in mid-2024. The location is west of the Texada condo building between Uplands Drive and Costco - close to the Simonholt restaurant.
The first phase is a low-rise building (6 storeys) with 66 units between 496-1120 square feet in size. These include studio apartments, 1-bed, 2-bed, 2-bed +den, and 3-bed units. Some units will have two bathrooms. The initial strata bylaws created by the developer will allow rentals and pets. There is secure underground parking, bike and storage lockers. and many of the condos will have ocean and/or mountain views!
Phase 2 may involve a pair of 20-storey buildings (a first for North Nanaimo!).
Estevan / Terminal Park projects
Two developments are in the works along Estevan Rd, adjacent to the Terminal Park shopping center. Estevan Village will be a 40-unit multi-use building, and the Princess Royal Apartments will have 16 units and underground parking.
The Estevan Village project has 6 storeys "stepping" down the slope to maximize the ocean views, two levels of underground parking, a club room and communal rooftop garden, and a cafe with outdoor seating. As for the Princess Royal Apartments, it's not yet clear whether this will be stratified and available for sale.
These are still in the early development/re-zoning stage as of March 2020 but I look forward to seeing these places built!
Two buildings are planned for Milton St near the Superette bodega. They will straddle the railway - I can't wait to see it! More info: Milton Station, Nanaimo.
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