Constituents have been inquiring about the new ESSO sign that has gone up at the former Rendevous Gardens flower shop on Plains Road West (near the RBG). While it is true that a developer has been speaking with the City about the possibility of a gas station and Tim Hortons outlet, no formal application has been received yet. Technically, a gas station would be permitted in this area. Please be assured that if, and when, an application is received at the City I will advise the public and look forward to your comments.
We were all caught a bit off guard recently when the “DANGER Due to Overhead Wires” signs appeared on Plains Road. Of course, these signs are related to the long awaited plan to resurface Plains Road from the QEW to Shadeland. They are meant as warnings to dump truck drivers. I would have preferred to have given you more notice but the contractor moved very quickly. Obviously, this work has caused some traffic problems along Plains Road but I am sure you will agree that the resurfacing needs to be done.
The City has received an application to redevelop the vacant lot at Cooke Boulevard and Plains Road (between the Royal Bank and Solid Gold). This proposal is for an eight storey “mixed use” building including 3,000 square feet of commercial space on the main floor and eighty condominium units above. The top two floors would be tiered back. Commercial parking would be on the surface at the rear of the building. Two levels of residential parking would be underground.
This proposal raises a fundamental question. Is there an advantage to exceeding the traditional six storey limit on Plains Road? The general trend in planning has been to encourage new devleopment and higher densities close to the GO Stations (also known as the “mobility hubs”). The theory is that there is a benefit to having more people living within walking distance of public transit. Unfortunately, the city’s policies around mobility hubs have yet to be fully developed. The discussion about this building may help focus that discussion.
This proposal is currently under review by the City’s Planning Department. It will require an official plan amendment, a zoning change and a site plan agreement. Councillor Craven will host a neighbourhood meeting in the future to guage community response to the application.
The City will resurface from Shadeland to the QEW and improve the curbs, bike lanes and sidewalks from King to Francis. Some Regional watermain work will also be done. This work has begun and will continue through the summer. For more information contact Dave Johnson, at 905-335-7600 ext 7507 or email.
The City of Burlington’s Public Art Program has selected a design proposal entitled “Crescendo” (Rising Wave) for a site on the north side Plains Road between the new Jazz development and Maplehurst School. 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 upon completion of construction at the Jazz condominium. 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.
This light was a necessary part of the detour required for the reconstruction of the intersection at Plains/Waterdown and LaSalle Park Roads. It cost a lot of money to install. It would also cost a lot to remove it. Since the long-term plan for the area has Cooke Blvd acting as a major pedestrian gateway to the new “mobility hub” (expanded GO Station) it seemed logical to leave the light as it is and synchronize it with the one at Waterdown Road. In addition, the City is moving ahead with a new crosswalk and light installation at Falcon Blvd where there is growing density, increased pedestrian activity and safety concerns for both walkers and drivers. The recently completed two-year “Functional Design Analysis” of Plains Road identified the need for more and better north/south crosswalks along Plains Road.
Following a public meeting earlier this year City staff continue to review a plan for the redevelopment of these lands. Melrose Investments is proposing construction of 2 six-storey condominium buildings with a total of 175 units. Underground parking will be provided for the tenants. One of the buildings will include about 3,000 square feet of retail/commercial space. The project requires a number of minor variances and routine ‘site plan’ approvals. Since the demolition of old buildings at this location, neighbours have inquired about the proposed six-storey height; however, a change cannot be considered this late in the planning process.
Another utility box along Plains Road has been “wrapped” with historic photos. This one is on the south side at Downsview. This is the fourth “wrap” along Aldershot’s main street. The project was initiated by the Aldershot Community Honour Roll Committee with the support of the Burlington Historical Society and sponsor David Craig. It’s all part of the long term plan to improve the appearance of Plains Road.
Dawn Victoria Homes has a proposal to develop the property at 405 Plains Road East, occupied by Jaggard’s Florist. This calls for construction of a three storey mixed-use building at the front of the property including a retail store suitable for continuation of a florist shop and three residential units above. Behind the store will be two stand-alone buildings of 24 residential “stacked townhouses”, including 48 parking spaces and amenity area. This proposal is currently under review by the City’s Planning Department.