Krissons Holding Limited has made peace with the neighbourhood on a three-storey residential development project that will proceed after Waterloo city council approved a zoning change Monday.
The project is 7 Churchill St. was redesigned after residents in the neighbourhood of mostly single-family and townhome residences voiced significant opposition.
Neighbourhood resident Luke McAuley said he was as satisfied as he could be but he would have preferred the development didn’t happen.
Residents in the Erbsville South area aren’t happy about a potential subdivision expansion and the City of Waterloo is taking note.
Councillors voted to put on hold a block plan and environmental study which would pave the way for about 30 hectares of land to be built up. Residents are worried the studies won’t consider all the potential impacts.
Deb Swidrovich is one such resident. She lives on Wilmot Line and wants the study area expanded.
First came the supporters, followed immediately by the detractors of a proposed 18-storey condominium development on Macdonell Street. City council took it all in and seemed to understand Monday night that it won’t be an easy decision.
There was much to discuss, but nothing to decide on the proposed Tricar Group highrise at 148-152 Macdonell, a project that many feel will bring downtown Guelph into the 21st century and spur its vitality for years to come. Others think it will clash with the character of the downtown and fundamentally change it for the worse.
GUELPH — Members of the public will get an opportunity Monday to examine and question a highrise condominium proposal for Guelph’s downtown.
Stantec Consulting Ltd., acting on behalf of The Tricar Group, based in London, is seeking an official plan and zoning bylaw amendment that would allow the development of downtown Guelph’s tallest building — an18-storey condominium tower with possible commercial/official space on the lower floors and featuring a maximum of 130 units.
At least five delegations are hoping city council will do a 180 and vote against a staff recommendation to allow an 11-unit townhouse condominium complex to be built at 180 Gordon St.
Councillors are expected to make their decision at Monday night’s council meeting.
City hall won’t budge on plans for the construction of more than 700 homes surrounding Dale Lonsbury’s rural house.
“In my opinion, our treatment from the planning staff in Cambridge has been nothing short of horrendous,” Lonsbury said.
He’s opposed to a proposed subdivision plan by Gramtrust Holdings along both sides of Limerick Road, between Fountain Street and Highway 401 along the Grand River. It’s immediately west of the Preston Heights subdivision.
Calling it the type of development the city needs as it looks to its future, Waterloo councillors unanimously approved plans for a 55-unit townhouse complex in the Beechwood area on Monday night.
The approval came despite the objections of more than 15 area residents, whose concerns ranged from increased traffic and density in the established single-family home neighbourhood to fears the newcomers would want to use their private condo association pool and tennis courts.
A city plan to grow and beautify the downtown received positive reviews at a public meeting Wednesday night, except in one respect.
Several residents raised concerns about the four 18-storey apartment buildings proposed for Wellington Street at Wyndham and Macdonell Streets.
The city has said the buildings would serve as “gateways” to the downtown and are needed to meet provincially mandated growth targets for the city.
More pockets of land in Guelph’s south end – some tucked behind long-established residential neighbourhoods – could soon be occupied by apartment buildings, townhouses and semi-detached dwellings.
It appears that several parcels of vacant land in the south end won’t be that way for long. It’s the way of the future for an area of the city that is rapidly filling in. Many residents would prefer to preserve the old, quiet ways.