The Aragon Properties-owned Trio gravel site on Cordova Bay Road is looking to add 25,000 cubic metres of fill to help level the land for the proposed 385-unit development. Google Street View

Developers to put 25,000 cubic metres of Esquimalt fill into Cordova Bay site

Cordova Bay’s Trio site development still awaiting redesign

A recent application to add 25,000 cubic metres of fill to the former Trio gravel pit in at 755 Cordova Bay Rd. is not part of the site’s awaited redesign.

Rather, it’s little more than a chance to move excess dirt to a property that can handle it, said Aragon Properties development coordinator Luke Ramsay.

“It’s not to level it off or for the new development, the reasoning is a little different,” Ramsay said.

Aragon is in the midst of redesigning its previous proposal of a mixed use 384-unit residential development at the Trio site that will likely include a community recreation space with the badminton-focused Cordova Bay Community Centre.

Aragon is excavating one level of underground parking for its Esquimalt Town Square project and is asking to put the soil and fill, about 25,000 cubic metres, at Cordova Bay, Ramsay said.

The Vancouver based company has four projects underway on the South Island, Esquimalt Town Square and English Inn, the Trio site and a redevelopment of the Pic-A-Flic building and property in Cook Street Village.

Despite the history of gravel removal from the Trio site, most of the fill was actually replaced, but it’s still below the original grade, meaning Aragon should be able to put the fill there.

Upwards of 50 residents from Aragon’s Cordova Bay email list responded to Ramsay’s notice about the fill application.

“Some are just saying thanks for the notice and some are responding with more questions to which I responded to everyone directly,” Ramsay said.

“One of the biggest concerns from some people is additional traffic to the area,” Ramsay said. “That’ll be a challenge to the design, adding road infrastructure, something we’ll discuss with Saanich engineering in our startup meeting.”

In the meantime, work continues on a redesigned proposal for the new Trio site.

“There’s a few factors we’re working with,” Ramsay said. “If we include Cordova Bay Community club, it could cancel a number of suites, then we’ll want to shift the design around to add those units in different areas, maybe with a taller building, or something else.”

In short, it will be a while before Saanich receives a new proposal for Trio.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Tour de Rock riders zoom through Sooke, visit big donor

11-year-old Sooke girl raised over $10,000 for Tour de Rock with bottle drive

Sooke group providing assistance to seniors in dire need of volunteers

Loan Cupboard now in its 50th year of operation

Sooke seeks feedback on new building regulation bylaw

In addition to the online survey, a virtual online meeting takes place Oct. 22

Blackberry festival moves forward with drive-thru in Metchosin

Event takes place on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Lessons from a pandemic: How to design a nursing home that’s safe and love-filled

A look at how one care home is battling the pandemic with the social needs of the elderly in their care

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

B.C. salmon farm opponents demand answers from DFO

First Nations, conservation groups dismayed by omission of sea lice in risk assessments

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

First Nations Health Authority chief medical officer concerned with rising COVID-19 cases

“There’s still so much we don’t know and we’re learning everyday about this particular virus.”

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Most Read