Former Cornell Chev-Olds store being leveled for dealership move

Lexus-Toyota kicks off massive construction overhaul at new site

Workers tear down the old Dave Wheaton car dealership buildings on the corner of Douglas and Finlayson Streets.

Daily commuters humming and hawing at the mass demolition on the corner of Douglas and Finlayson streets need wonder no longer.

The longtime former site of Cornell Chev Olds, more recently operated as a GM dealership by Dave Wheaton, is being leveled to make way for another auto dealership.

The Toyota-Lexus franchise that fronts onto Finlayson Street plans to move its operations across the street to the expansive property, which stretches from Douglas Street to Burnside Avenue along Finlayson.

“We don’t have a firm date (for opening), we’re just in the demolition phase right now,” said Bill Harbottle, president of Jim Pattison Auto Group.

All existing buildings on the property will be demolished to make way for separate Toyota and Lexus dealerships, totaling approximately 62,000 square feet, he said. The Pattison Group plans to sell its existing property.

The former GM property, which once housed new and used vehicle sales lots, a repair shop, parts store and body shop, was purchased last January. Construction plans have not yet been finalized, Harbottle said.

B.C. Assessment Authority records for 2012 show the value of the lot was assessed at approximately $14.2 million.

Just Posted

Victoria beer leaguer turns heads as Joe Thornton doppleganger

Joe Thornton lookalike from Victoria makes it on

Why are these Saanich lots still sitting vacant?

Mayfair Lanes lot still empty, 12 years later

Victoria painter splashes some colour on a dreary situation

Six-week long James Bay construction project gives Teresa Waclawik an impromptu canvas

Bike sharing program rolls into Saanich

According to staff, U-Bicycle plans to make between 75 and 100 bicycles available in Saanich.

Washington State Ferries resumes Sidney service on April 1

Community planning its annual welcome ceremony

Student learns the ropes at Oak Bay fire in hands-on experience

Local department crafts four-day work experience program for Reynolds student

Painting of B.C. lake by Winston Churchill sells for $87,000

Churchill had painted the work in 1929 during visit to an area near Field

New lead in one of six B.C. searches that remain unresolved

New details in case of couple who’d been flying from Cranbook to Kamloops when plane disappeared

Island Good program makes it easier to shop locally

New labelling initiative to be tested in grocery stores

B.C. announces $175 million to cut hip, knee surgery wait times

Premier John Horgan said money will allow for a 34-per-cent increase in surgeries

Braves take Game 1 in triple overtime

Braves lead VIJHL final 1-0 over Storm

Saanich softens stance on police budget

Saanich Monday reversed an earlier decision that would have slowed down the… Continue reading

B.C. emergency alert system being tested Wednesday

Alarm tone and message will play on TV and radio

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 20

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read