A rendering of the Lumina building proposed for 41-45 Haliburton St. in Nanaimo. (Matthew T. Hansen Architect image)

A rendering of the Lumina building proposed for 41-45 Haliburton St. in Nanaimo. (Matthew T. Hansen Architect image)

City issues development permit for five-storey condo building on Haliburton

Council allows height variance for 38-unit building at 41-45 Haliburton St. near downtown

Nanaimo city council will allow a five-storey condo building to go ahead on Haliburton Street close to downtown.

Council, at a meeting Dec. 6, voted unanimously to issue a development permit for a 38-unit building at 41 and 45 Haliburton St. between Crace and Finlayson streets.

The application came from Parkshore Projects Ltd. on behalf of a numbered company. Parkshore built one residential project on Haliburton last year and received approval for two others in the neighbourhood earlier this year.

The development approved last week, called Lumina, consists of 21 one-bedroom condos, 12 two-bedroom suites and five studio suites, and there will be underground parking. To qualify for bonus density on the property, the applicant is proposing additional features including public art, “green” walls on two of the building faces, four accessible units, and a building design that will exceed B.C.’s energy step code by two steps.

Council agreed to a height variance from 14 metres to 15.8m. A staff report noted that about half of the variance was to accommodate a guard rail surrounding a rooftop garden terrace. The report also mentioned that the building’s fourth and fifth floors will be set back an additional three metres from Haliburton Street which “reduces the perceived height of the building from the street frontage.”

“I’m not a big fan of height variances. In this case, because of the roof style – it’s basically the railing that’s above [the allowable height] – I think this is appropriate,” said Coun. Ben Geselbracht.

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