New Townhouse Development Pitched For South Guelph

  • 10/25/18
  • |          Guelph

A developer is looking to build a new stacked-townhouse development in the south end of the city.

The City of Guelph has received an application from a numbered company, 2601265 Ontario Inc., looking to build 78 three-storey stacked townhouse units at 1657 and 1665 Gordon St., just south of Clairfields Drive West.

Based on several documents included with the application, the developer appears to be Marann Homes, the company behind the West Point townhouse development on Fife Road.

There are currently two homes on the property that, according to a planning report attached to the application, would be demolished. The demolition of these two houses, the report states, “will create development charge and cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication credits for this proposed development.”

Along with the new townhouses, the developer is also planning to build 100 parking spaces — which would mean 16 visitor spots and four accessible spaces — for the residents on site.

In addition to rezoning the property, the developer is also seeking several zoning amendments from the city, including allowing smaller minimum lot areas (134.5 square metres, down from 150), smaller minimum front yards for the units fronting Gordon (1.1 metres, down from six), smaller minimum ground level private amenity areas (10.68 square metres, down from 20), a higher amount of units abutting a street (12 units, up from eight) and higher density (74.32 units per hectare, up from 60).

A public meeting for this application at city hall has not yet been announced. The next planning meeting for city council, when such an application would be heard, is scheduled for Nov. 19.

With Gordon Street marked as one of the city’s intensification corridors under the province’s growth targets, a number of residential development proposals for south Guelph have made their way to city hall in recent years.

In September, council unanimously approved a six-storey, 93-unit apartment building for 98 Farley Dr., just east of Gordon.

Three months prior, council approved a 540-unit apartment project at 1888 Gordon St. That project, once finished, will consist of two 14-storey residential buildings, one eight-storey residential building and a two-storey amenity building.

According to the City of Guelph’s list of current development applications, there are four active proposals for Gordon Street, including this new stacked townhouse development. Among those applications are a six-storey, 32-unit apartment building at 1300 Gordon St. and a six-storey, 102-unit building at Gordon Street and Lowes Road West.

Construction is also underway on an eight-storey, 88-unit apartment building on Gosling Gardens, just west of Gordon.

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