Downtown property attracts six developers

A prominent downtown Victoria property at Douglas and Humboldt streets has attracted interest from six potential developers.

No details are being released regarding details in the expressions of interest, Rebecca Penz, city spokeswoman, said Monday.

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A team will be determining the next steps, Penz said.

This month, the City of Victoria asked for expressions of interest to buy and develop what it calls the Apex property. The deadline to reply was May 26.

The property currently houses two car rental firms, which are renting the land from the city on a monthly basis.

It is next to a paved public open space adjacent to the historic Crystal Garden, and across Douglas Street from the Victoria Conference Centre.

Victoria council called for ideas from developers hoping to see a project to help boost economic activity at the south end of downtown.

Mayor Lisa Helps said the city is open to a variety of high-quality commercial uses. These could include a hotel, advanced education site, and research and development offices.

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