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City reviews economic development options for parking lots

Aerial view of lot 4 and 5 Burlington
Aerial view of lot 4 and 5 in the downtown

In January, staff are holding a workshop for city council to explore development options for Lots 4 & 5 in downtown Burlington. Lot 4 is on Elizabeth/John St, facing Village Square. Lot 5 is on Brant Street, facing the Queen’s Head pub.

The city previously issued a Request for Expressions of Interest in developing Lot 4 as a prestige office site with additional underground parking. Two bidders came forward. That process came to a halt when McMaster University expressed interest in the site for a satellite campus. Subsequently McMaster relocated to a lot along the QEW.

I’ve asked staff whether the RFEI could be reissued, and approaches made to the original bidders. The workshop will explore a variety of options for the sites and go from there.

The public are welcome to sit in and listen, but as a workshop delegations from the floor are not permitted.

My Take: I’m pleased we are revisiting the potential for these lots. Lot 4 in particular has potential for office and underground parking development, which would bring much needed jobs, and foot traffic to the downtown, during the day, year round. This would help our local businesses and bring economic benefits to all residents of our city.

What’s your view? What would you like to see on Lots 4 or 5 in downtown Burlington? Please leave a comment below or email me at

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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