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Public meeting on proposed development in The Ward set for Monday

Developer planning 86 apartments and 96 townhomes at former factory site
120 Huron
Artist's rendition of what 120-122 Huron St. will look like after it's redeveloped.

Plans to convert a former factory in The Ward into apartments and townhouses officially comes to Council Chambers on Monday.

The Kitchener/Waterloo-based development group, GSP Group Inc., intends to put 86 apartments in the four-storey building on the corner of Huron Street and Alice Street and 96 stacked and cluster townhouses on adjacent property.

The building once housed the Northern Rubber Factory.

They will appear at a planning meeting of council on Monday at 6:30 p.m. which will act as the public meeting for the application.

The developer is seeking rezoning of the 2.5-hectare parcel of land, from ‘specialized industrial’ to specialized apartment residential.’

There are also some site-specific requests, including lower setbacks for the front, side and rear of the building and a smaller common amenity area than normally required..

The city has already issued permission for a brick powerhouse, an office/laboratory and a shed on the property to be demolished. A permit for the removal of trees so that contaminated soil could be remediated was also granted last November.

Brian Prudham, one of the developers combining on the project, previously told GuelphToday that the site offers a unique opportunity.

“These older buildings, these opportunities to convert a heritage building into something that will appeal to a certain demographic – there’s not that many buildings like this left,” Prudham said.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.