A pair of redevelopment proposals should go ahead, say city staff, though neither meet existing rules.
In reports heading to council’s planning meeting on June 13, staff recommend approval of a variety of zoning bylaw and official plan amendments that, if approved, allow a seven-storey building to go up at 1373-1389 Gordon St. and a stacked townhouse project at 103-105 Victoria Rd. N.
The Gordon Street site is currently home to two single, detached homes. Reid’s Heritage Properties wants to take them down in order to build a seven-storey, mixed use building with 99 apartment units on six storeys above retail and office space on the ground floor.
Also planned is a four-floor wing, along with 130 parking spaces.
The Victoria Road plan from Gemini Homes would see 32 stacked townhouse units in a single block, along with one single detached home to accompany two already there.
Both proposals have undergone changes since initial submissions.
Originally, Reid’s Heritage Properties proposed a nine-storey building with the ground floor largely used for commercial purposes and the top-level as office space, with seven storeys of residential units containing 98 units in between.
The parking plan drew the ire of several nearby residents during a March, 2021 public meeting on that initial proposal.
In another revised submission to the city last June, the plan was lowered to seven storeys though the dwelling count rose by one unit to 99, along with 607 square metres of retail space and 540 square metres of office space – both located on the ground floor.
A parking area was also shifted within the site.
For Gemini Homes, the original plan called for 44 townhouse units in six blocks, along with the three detached homes. During a public meeting in November of 2021, area residents expressed concern about the impact of the redevelopment on traffic and parking.
Last September, the city received a revised proposal for 32 stacked townhouse units in a single block on the property, while also removing driveway access on Cassino Avenue.
The deadline to register as a delegate or make a written submission to council regarding the redevelopment proposals is June 9 at 10 a.m. To register, visit guelph.ca/delegation, call 519-837-5603 or email [email protected].