Disposition of 238 Franklyn Street (City Hall Annex)

About the Land and Building

Lot Size & Area
The former City Hall Annex was located at 238 Franklyn Street, in the Old City Neighbourhood of downtown Nanaimo. The land is an irregular shaped lot with frontage on Franklyn Street of approximately 54.3m (178.2ft and frontage on Wallace Street of approximately 48.8m (160.1ft). The total site comprises approximately 2,160m2 (23,250 sq ft).

Property Analysis
Zoning – DT2, which allows various residential, office and commercial uses;
Former Building Area: 36,000 sq ft over 3 floors
Purchase Price: $1.55 million in 1999

About the Former Building
The building was a former distribution warehouse (formerly Kelly Douglas Foods), which under went various additions and renovations and was comprised of a three storey office building. The property included approximately 592 m2 of asphalt paving for 18 vehicles on the north side of the property.

The original warehouse structure was constructed as a two storey building in 1937 by Dominion Construction. A single storey addition was added in 1954 to the west side of the building and a third storey was added in 1978. The warehouse was renovated to an office complex between 1978 and 1981. Periodic interior remodelling, minor renovations, and exterior upgrades occurred during the past 30 years. 

  • Progress

    Purchasers Plans for the Land

    For more information please review the Development Permit under the Documents tab.

  • Documents
  • Details

    Seismic Issues & Repair Costs
    The structure was identified as being at high risk for structural damage or partial collapse during a significant seismic event. The details of the building deficiencies have been outlined by Herold Engineering Ltd in a Seismic Upgrade Report dated June 2008. The report identifies building deficiencies such as:

    • The existing masonry and concrete walls have insufficient shear and moment capacity to resist lateral loads;
    • There is insufficient capacity for the diaphragms to transfer shear to a lateral resisting system at all three levels;
    • Existing columns lack anchorage capacity; and
    • All exterior concrete and masonry walls and interior concrete walls have insufficient out of plane capacity due to lack of reinforcing and lack of connection to the floor system.

    Upon review of the seismic condition of the building, Herold Engineering concluded that in a seismic event, there is a high risk of significant damage or partial collapse of the building occurring.

    The Herold report provided three upgrade options to achieve a life safe standard for its occupants with anticipated costs ranging from $4.3 to $4.6million (including contingencies, repairs, temporary office space, moving costs- the total was estimated at $6.2 million). The report notes that if the building was vacated completely, the construction cost could be reduced to a cost of around $5.0 million ($4.0 million plus $1.0 million contingency).


  • Background

    About the Purchaser
    Tectonica is a Nanaimo based Construction Management company providing Construction Management Services and Project Management Services to a broad range of private, corporate and institutional clientele.

    The firm adds value to its Clients projects through the rigorous, creative and thoughtful application of its combined architectural, engineering and planning experience. Tectonica strives to create a design and construction process that meets its Clients' project goals and the highest standards of environmental, social and financial responsibility.

    Tectonica has a strong belief that work done using clear, open and honest communication leads to success and the timely and thoughtful resolution of inevitable construction surprises. A strong trust based relationship creates accountability between the parties, and a commitment to achieving each Clients' unique vision. 

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