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More than 75 residents attend public meeting on 730/760 Brant redevelopment

Thanks to Dr. Peter Angerilli for snapping and sending this pix!
Thanks to Dr. Peter Angerilli for snapping and sending this pix!

Close to 75 residents joined us for a public meeting April 15 to view  plans for the redevelopment of 730 & 760 Brant Street and provide input.

The plan is to demolish the existing building at 730 Brant St. and create a 4-storey building with 145 residential units, as well as 7 commercial units along Brant St. The property would also include an outdoor community garden for residents, as well as amenity areas with seating.

The plan would include demolishing 24,000 sq. ft. of the south end of 760 Brant St., eliminating a portion of the existing underground garage and redesigning the outside of the second floor of 760 Brant St. to complement the new building design.

Several praised the redevelopment as an improvement to the area, however a number of concerns were raised including adequate commercial parking, increased traffic, construction impacts including noise, dust, and construction equipment. Residents also asked whether the units would be condos or rentals, and the cost. (The current plan is for these to be registered as condos but offered for rent at approximately $2/sqft). Units range in size from just over 600 to just over 800 sqft.

Residents of the existing building also raised concerns about existing maintenance at the property; commercial tenants asked for advanced notice of the need to vacate their properties.

The owners hope to bring a formal application to the city within 6-8 weeks, receive draft site plan approval by the end of the year and begin construction in 2016 to 2017. The owners intend to bring in a plan that fits within the existing Official Plan and Zoning regulations so only a site plan application will be necessary. Once a formal application is received, staff will review the proposal to determine if any minor variances are required. If any are, these would go to a Committee of Adjustment hearing, and residents within 60m would receive formal notice and could attend the hearing. I will also include notice in my newsletter or at ward2news.ca

Residents asked for additional public meetings as this project moves through approvals and site plan stage, which I will arrange with the owners.

The attached photo shows the view from Brant St. Renderings will be updated at public meeting to include a redesigned 2nd floor for 760 Brant St.

Missed the meeting? View the powerpoint presentation here: April 15 PowerPoint Presentation 730 & 760 Brant St. and meeting notes: NOTES April 15 2015 Public Meeting.
My Take: I am delighted with these plans and believe they will significantly enhance this portion of Brant between Ghent and Olga. I’m also pleased the owners have agreed to consult with the community – they are not required to do so, but have made this commitment at my request voluntarily.

I’d like to make particular note that the developer is presenting a project that falls within the existing Official Plan and Zoning provisions. This project shows it’s possible to have great development and intensification in and around downtown Burlington that respects our existing planning documents. Residents welcome this kind of change and would like to see more developers following suit, rather than bringing plans that exceed current planning provisions by 2, 3 or 4 times.

Your Take: What are your thoughts about this proposed development? Leave a comment below.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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  1. Hi…. i have to be in Guelph tonight and will not be able to attand the meeting wrt 730 and 760 Brant. My only concern about this proposal relates to the construction phase. Will residential streets be used to stage equipment and deliveries throughout the project? I would object to this as we have had this experience with the redevelopment of a different Brant Street property.

    Thanks
    Bob Osborne
    Rambo Cres.

  2. It is nice that Burlington is intensifying in order to respect the greenbelt. However, please ensure that these projects respect the noise ordinances and do not create noise on weekends and holidays. Your residents rely on predictable periods of rest from construction noise and related stress.

  3. I’m actually commenting on the Pine Street development, but there was no comment button. It seems every intensification going in is without visitors parking. Homes need parking nearby, not in a garage a block or two away. Our zoning needs to reflect this as does our development planning.

  4. Just how many more vehicles are going to be crammed onto Brant Street ? Intensification in the second largest country in the world, the inmates are definitely running the asylum
    M.C. 2115 Ghent

  5. Believe that this will enhance this section of Brant Street, as 730 is beginning to be an eyesore and 760 could be more functional. Also, any developer that can conceive a good plan within the official plan should be commended and we should support and encourage.

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