Plans continue for expansion of housing in Cobourg with two projects getting attention at Monday’s Council meeting. The biggest expansion in the long term will be in the North East with thousands of homes planned starting with 1700 at the north end of Brook Road (see link below). This is expected to one day require a new interchange on the 401 near Nagle Road. Preliminary work includes an Environmental assessment which will start soon (maybe Spring – stay tuned) and include a public meeting. A smaller more immediate development will be at the south end of Brook Road at 425 King East where 27 Townhouses will be built. This is still in preliminary stages but at some point, a public meeting will be called to get feedback.
Other Development News
Separately, I understand that the Foodland (Sobeys) store expansion is currently not moving ahead and the Loblaws store proposed about 14 years ago near Strathy Road has not progressed. There’s some land in that area (just south of Walmart) that’s on sale at around $3.5M; maybe Loblaws is selling?
And on the subject of commercial properties for sale, I see that the Millstone bakery including the building is up for sale at $1.25M, Marca’s is selling the business for $150K and Meet at 66 King is up for sale at $1.55M – including the building and 3 stores. I could not find any listing of the vacant (parking) lot on Second Street – the most recent asking price was $2.8M. It’s either been withdrawn from the market or been sold.
Currently some high end houses are under construction on King West (Cedar Shores), some condos are being built on Hibernia (Harbour Breeze) – due for completion late this year – and of course New Amherst and others continue. The average resale price of homes in Cobourg is currently around $455K and it seems that most new homes start at around the same.
The townhouses might be a little less but won’t be on the market for a couple of years at least.
Below is a preliminary plan (click to enlarge). The land is described as “a 1.58 ha (3.90 ac) parcel, with 88.61 m (290.71 ft.) frontage along King Street East. The site has been vacant for approximately twenty years, and was previously improved by a motel.” Currently there are no buildings on the lot.
- Housing Developments in North East of Cobourg – 1700 units in “Villages of Central Park” – 28 June 2018
- East End Housing Development – 3 June 2015
- Two Major Projects up for Site Plan Approval – 27 March 2018 – one of these is the Sobeys/Foodland new store; the other is Cedar Shores.
- New Cobourg Loblaws one step closer – 26 May 2005 – Northumberland News
Update from Cobourg’s Planning Department – Feb 28, 2019
Responding to my query, Director Glenn McGlashon provided an update:
Many people have been enquiring with our office as to the status of the Enclaves of West Park Village being developed by the Vandyk Group. The following information been conveyed to these interested parties, and is based on our latest up-to-date information:
Vandyk was granted pre-servicing approval by Council in the Spring of 2018 to construct the underground infrastructure and rough grading on the site, of which approx. 90% is complete but on-site work has halted now for a number of months for reasons unknown to the Town.
One possible reason for this delay may be related to the announcement in October by Metrolinx and the Provincial Government that Vandyk Group has been awarded a significant proposal to re-build the new Mimico GO Station as well as develop mixed development above and on land surrounding the station. This project may have pre-occupied Vandyk’s time and resources. Refer to the links below:
In January, 2019, after making an enquiry with Vandyk, I received an e-mail from Mr. Sherman Chan, Vandyk VP Acquisitions and Development, explaining that Vandyk is progressing with the fulfillment of outstanding subdivision conditions and hope to finalize construction of the pre-servicing work and register the subdivision in the coming months. Thus, it is hoped that things are beginning to move again. You may wish to follow up with Mr. Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I trust the above helps shed some light on the status of the Enclaves of West Park Village development.
Glenn J. McGlashon