Following the City’s approval of minor variances at 405 Plains Road East, development at the former Jaggard’s Florist site has begun. This plan calls for construction of a three storey mixed-use building at the front of the property including a retail store on the first floor and three residential units above. Behind the store will be two stand-alone buildings of 22 residential “stacked townhouses”, including 48 parking spaces and an amenity area. The same builder redeveloped “Village West” in West Aldershot.
Despite a staff recommendation for approval, the Board of Directors of the Halton Region Conservation Authority has rejected a proposal for a new ESSO gas station, Tim Hortons drive-thru and variety store in west Aldershot. The project was to be located at 1134 Plains Road West, formerly Rendezvous Flower shop. The Authority has a rule that prohibits development within 15 metres of the top of a creek bank. In this case the proposal partially intruded on the 15 metre limit, mainly the drive-thru area. The City of Burlington and Region of Halton had earlier agreed to the proposal and Conservation staff had concluded “the development poses no threat to life and property”. The Board however saw it differently. It remains to be seen whether the proponent will appeal the Board decision.
The march toward renewal and beautification along Aldershot’s Plains Road corridor is continuing. The effort began 15 years ago. Since then, much has been accomplished but much remains to be done. Recently, Mayor Rick Goldring joined Councillor Craven and nearly two dozen senior city staff and B.I.A. representatives on a tour of the west end of Plains Road. They checked out the progress that has been made so far, noted the continuing challenges and highlighted the significant opportunities that remain. The Plains Road Village Vision (PRVV) is alive and well, but not yet finished. See more on the history and successes of the PRVV in Partnering Aldershot – Winter edition
The City of Burlington’s Public Art Program has selected a design proposal entitled “Crescendo” (Rising Wave) for the new patio area on the north east corner of Plains Road and Waterdown Road. The artist, Lilly Otasevic says “The sculpture’s converging and diverging shape represents a hub of activity in the community. These characteristics serve to represent a contemporary as well as an historical context to Aldershot Village. The wave shape reflects the connection to the bay, water as an essential vehicle for the initial progress of this community and ultimately the connection to Brown’s wharf where it all began”. Installation of this piece of public art will take place in 2017. More than $65,000 was raised for the project in a joint effort between the City, Branthaven Homes, the Plains Road Village Vision group and individual donors.