Redevelopment proposed for 730 & 760 Brant S

Public Meeting April 15, 7 p.m., 760 Brant St.

I recently met with a representative of 730 & 760 Brant Street about their plans to redevelop these properties.

You are invited to attend a neighbourhood meeting to view the plans and provide your input:

Date:  Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time:  7 p.m.
Place: 760 Brant St., enter any one of the three commercial doors

Their 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.

The plan fits within the existing Official Plan and Zoning regulations so only a site plan application will be necessary.

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.

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.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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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