The future development of downtown Burlington is the subject of a walking tour led by a local councilor

By Jeffrey Allen

Published on February 8, 2022 at 3:29 p.m.

Ward 2 Councilor Lisa Kearns led a walking tour of development proposals in downtown Burlington.

A second walking tour of downtown Burlington development proposals was another success, according to Ward 2 Councilor Lisa Kearns.

“It’s great to have a positive turnout from committed and passionate people,” Kearns said of last Saturday’s event. “It really helps local residents understand the changes in the community.”

About 35 people showed up for the event, fewer than the 60 who showed up the first time it was held in November. But the extreme cold might have something to do with it.

The aim of the event is to provide real world examples of where future development is planned, rather than just a static point on a map.

“People learn in different ways, and this practical example will allow them to explain to others what is happening. This will lead to a richer community conversation.

The tour started at the Waterfront Hotel Lands, which adjoins the east end of Spencer Smith Park. With public meetings on the general site and the specific development proposal scheduled over the next two weeks, this is the most important development on the City Council’s agenda.

“Generally the comments were similar to what many of us already think. Participants said the proposal is too big, that it should be reduced in height and set back further to allow for additional green space.

According to Kearns, the three most advanced proposals in the development application process are:

  • 2069-2079 Lakeshore Rd., a 29-story mixed-use building with 291 residential units and 482 m² of retail space on the ground floor
  • 2082-2086-2090 James St., a 13-story residential building consisting of 150 units
  • 409 Brant St., an 18-story building (17 residential floors plus rooftop amenity area), comprising 834 m² of retail space on the ground floor and 365 m² of commercial or office space on the second floor and five -storey underground car park

Kearns couldn’t give a time estimate on when any of the projects might see a shovel in the ground, as the application process can take a lot of twists and turns along the way.

With the success of now two walking tours, Kearns said there are already plans to make this a regular event, possibly quarterly in the future, with the next one tentatively scheduled for early April.

More details on the Ward 2 planning projects can be found on the city’s website.

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