Property & Community Development

Property & Community Development

Fairfield United Church, the spirited heart of Fairfield, is redeveloping for long-term sustainability. The congregation sold the church building and property in June 2016 to local property developer JN Development Group. The new development will include a space for Fairfield United Church to gather and worship and continue to partner with and serve the surrounding community.

To read the most current information, visit the City of Victoria development tracker for 1303 Fairfield Rd: CLICK HERE

To read coverage of the property redevelopment in the Victoria News: CLICK HERE

All activities of the Fairfield United Church continue as usual.

Property Sale and Development Timeline

2010-2012: Interim Ministry in place.

February 2012: Manse sold.

September 2012: Rev. Gail Miller and Rev. Beth Walker appointed.

March 2014: Council considers options for future of the church’s building and real estate.

June 2014: Presentation by Sandy Beaman and Anna Wray of Colliers on redevelopment made to the congregation; Decision is made to engage the Property Redevelopment team of the BC Conference of United Church of Canada to do a feasibility study.

July-September 2014: Council works with BC Conference Property Redevelopment team to assess feasibility.

November 2014: Congregation is informed of the decision to not proceed with property development with BC Conference team. Other partnership options are explored.

June 2015: Congregation votes to stay together and work towards the sale and redevelopment of the church property and requests more information about options.

August 2015: Based on further information about options congregation votes to sell and redevelop church property.

November 2015: Community Consultation: More than 1,800 invitations and 500 email were sent to the Fairfield Gonzales neighbourhood to attend nine meetings.  We shared our story and vision for the neighbourhood.

January 2016: Phase 1 environmental assessment conducted; Work continues with real estate partner Colliers to prepare for sale.

February 2016: Church property listed for sale.

June 2016: Church building and property sold to JN Development Group.

July-August 2016: Nicole Roberts of JN Development Group holds informal conversations with neighbours on proposed development plans.

October 23, 2016: our minister Beth Walker spoke with Nicole Roberts and Christopher Rowe, the developer and architect of Unity, the new mixed-use, urban development project that will replace the building we currently occupy, about their role in enabling Fairfield United to be the spirited heart of our neighbourhood. Listen to the conversation now.

December 2016: Presentation by JN Development Group made to Fairfield Gonzales Community Association and neighbours.

January 2017: JN Development Group submits the development application to City of Victoria.

December 14, 2017: Unity Urban Properties (JN Development Group) has won the OK from Victoria city council to take its plan to a public hearing. To see the Times Colonist article Click here.

UNITY COMMONS Development Information

Visit the UNITY COMMONS development website – https://www.unitycommons.com/

Click here to view an overview of UNITY COMMONS (Presentation Boards).

UNITY COMMONS renderings

 

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