The former home of sugar magnate B T Rogers has seen better days. Named after the island where the stone to build it was cut, Gabriola went from being a family home to a chopped up rental building and then, in 1974, a restaurant. Empty for several years, (apart from the odd movie shoot), it’s now proposed to be restored with a modest contemporary block of four townhouses to create a total of 20 (or perhaps 21) rental units.
Much of the landscaping would remain, and be restored, and parking would be in the parkade across the lane, an arrangement initially created for the restaurant use. Ankenman Marchand have designed the project, which requires rezoning.