Residential complex proposed for site of antique centre


The site of an antique store in Barrie may become the new location of a 17-story apartment building with a townhouse podium if the City approves a requested zoning change needed to allow the development.

A memo from Michelle Banfield, Director of Development Services, advised council that the application was received and considered complete on Jan. 9, and that a neighbourhood meeting  last Nov. 27 garnered a number of comments and questions from residents, including: traffic impacts and required road improvements, potential impact of nearby train tracks, construction timing and construction-related noise, architectural character and height of the development, amenity space and parking.

The current occupant of the address, 272 Innisfil Street, is the Barrie Antiques Centre. If the project gets the green light, the “building will be removed to permit the redevelopment of the subject lands,” writes Banfield.

“The site is largely occupied by a building and paved areas which have been historically used for a variety of commercial and light industrial activities

With the apartment building and the townhouses, the 0.7 hectares site would accommodate 164 residential units.

The special provisions requested to facilitate the current design include removing the requirement for 50 per cent of the lot area to be commercial uses, increasing the building height from 45 metres to 52 metres, and reducing the landscape buffer strip around the perimeter from three metres to a range between 0.5 metres and 1.3 metres.

Primary planning and land use matters being considered include:

  • the removal of the commercial use requirement
  • compliance with the Official Plan Tall Buildings policies and general parameters of the Intensification Urban Design Guidelines
  • compliance with the locational requirements for intensification
  • future context and integration of the residential proposal into the surrounding neighbourhood
  • potential municipal infrastructure improvements required

“Staff will work with both the applicant and residents to address any feedback received through the public consultation process, as well as those comments raised through the analysis of these applications by staff and our agency partners.

A staff report to planning committee is anticipated to be brought forward prior to the summer recess for the municipality to make a decision on the zoning by-law amendment application,” writes Banfield.