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Public gets its say on proposal to build Guelph's tallest building

The 25-storey building is being proposed for 70 Fountain St.
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Rendering of a proposed 25-storey building for 70 Fountain St. Supplied photo

The statutory public meeting for a proposal to build a 25-storey building in Downtown Guelph is set for Feb. 10.

Skydevco Inc., the development arm of Guelph's Skyline Commercial Real Estate Holdings, wants to put the building containing commercial, office and apartment units at 70 Fountain St. East, just across from the Guelph Police Headquarters.

An application has also been made to Heritage Guelph to have the current building at that location off the city's heritage registry.

Skydevco representatives said that is so they can remove the historically significant facade of the existing building and repurpose it in the new building.

Council will receive the application for the project at its Feb. 10 planning meeting and the applicant and public can delegate at that time.

No decision will be made. City staff will come back to council at a later date with a recommendation.

The applicant is seeking Official Plan and zoning bylaw amendments for the building.

It calls for 3,900 square feet of ground floor retail space and 67,000 square feet of office floor space on the first four floors, 21 storeys containing 180 apartment units. There would also be 207 underground parking spaces.

The public can register to delegate at the meeting online and by calling city hall.