Burlington’s deal with developers will see hundreds of rentals come to town

By Jeffrey Allen

Published on March 28, 2022 at 12:45 p.m.

A deal reached between the City of Burlington and local developers will see hundreds of new rental units, as well as a given park, come to Fairview St.

The proposed development includes land on the northwest corner of Fairview St. and Drury Lane near the Burlington GO Station. Much of the current location is occupied by the abandoned greenhouses of Holland Park.

The site plan for Phase 1 of the site development is for two 33 and 37 storey buildings containing a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units. One hundred percent of the units in these buildings will be rental units.

Phase 2 of the development will feature two additional towers of 33 and 35 stories, again with 100% of the units in these buildings being rental units.

The development contemplated in the settlement will promote accessible connections for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, with multimodal access to Burlington GO Station.

The development also includes private open space for building residents and the allocation of land for a public park adjacent to Fairview St.

“This project will bring much-needed rental housing to Burlington, including married quarters, as well as a public park and other community amenities,” said Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“The City’s current Official Plan does not include a height restriction in this area. That said, we are directing this type of development to areas around our GO stations and major transit corridors. This will help us cope with the new population growth imposed by the province, while preserving our established neighborhoods and maintaining a variety of housing choices in Burlington.

The proposed towers would accommodate a range of purpose-built rental units, including 3-bedroom units, which will provide a new supply of urgently needed rental housing in Burlington, which is encouraged by the Burlington Official Plan. the city and the city’s housing study currently underway.

In the end, seven towers are proposed for the site, ranging from 29 to 37 floors. There will be five levels of underground parking and a four-storey parking structure that will be integrated with the residential units.

“Our city needs more housing to accommodate new residents and those wishing to settle in Burlington. Targeted development around key transit station areas, including near the Burlington GO Station in Ward 2, will provide strong transit connections, expanded green spaces and access to amenities that support a high quality of life,” said Lisa Kearns, local councilor for Ward 2.

“This regulation is intended to accelerate the expansion of housing supply that is diverse and anchored around provincial planning estimates. City staff and Council will continue to work to achieve the best planning results for this site. »

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