A construction milestone has been reached for what is set to become the tallest tower in Victoria and the centrepiece to Townline’s revitalized Hudson District.

Last week, contractors poured the concrete for the 12th floor of Hudson Place One, roughly marking the halfway point of work on a building that, once complete, will soar 25 storeys above the burgeoning area and become a new landmark.

Along with some sweeping vistas — Hudson Place One offers the highest elevated views in the city — the new condo tower, which features 176 high-end one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, boasts an impressive array of amenities, even for a building of its size.

Nearly an entire floor is dedicated to amenity space, which totals 11,000 square feet at Hudson Place One. There’s a fitness centre, yoga studio, sauna, gourmet chef’s kitchen, guest suite and games room, to name some of the indoor amenities.

A family-friendly indoor-outdoor play area, barbecues and harvest table, fireside seating, water feature and a fenced-in dog run are among the features that allow for open-air activities without going far.

“You don’t need to leave home. You just need to get on the elevator. It’s definitely well thought out,” says Rich Ilich, Townline’s president, of the amenity offerings during an interview.

Of course, if residents do wander off site, they’ll find themselves in the heart of an energetic district with countless shops and services, including the Victoria Public Market and its host of local vendors, from coffee roasters to kitchen suppliers. In short, it’s the gateway to downtown Victoria.

The homes that make up this iconic development reflect that same attention to detail that was displayed in the curation of amenities. One-bedroom suites have large kitchen islands, perfect for entertaining. All kitchens have quartz backslashes, while master ensuites have large easy-to-clean tile finishes and a modern frameless glass shower. Interior wood slats mirror tasteful exterior design work by the Vancouver-based firm Rafii Architects.

Townline anticipates homes at Hudson Place One will be move-in ready by early-2020. The completion is slated to come some 14 years after the developer purchased the historic Hudson Bay Building, beginning an impressively ambitious project to transform a previously neglected site into a live-work-play community.

For more information about Hudson Place One and the historic Hudson District, visit hudsonplaceone.ca.

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