A Very Significant Development Proposal Could Alter Downtown Meaford
A significant development application in the Town of Meaford could change the face of the downtown core and potentially bring needed revitalization to the area.
The proposal calls for tearing down existing older buildings and redeveloping the site on Sykes St with a five storey building plus construction of three storey building fronting on Nelson St behind the Sykes St buildings. The first phase would include 97 residential condominium units and about 13,000 sq ft of commercial space. A second phase would add another 52 condo units and a further 6700 sq ft of commercial space. Underground parking is proposed for both phases.
At a public meeting on February 2nd, people came forward both supporting and objecting to the plans. Of key concern is the heritage value of the 130 year old buildings and at very least, preservation of their facades. You can read more here.
This is going to be an interesting project to watch. It feels remarkably similar to the situation Collingwood has struggled with for years over the former Admiral School site at Hume and Hurontario.