Planning and Development Projects – January 2021

There are a good number of projects happening in Cobourg, some residential and some commercial, and Councillor Nicole Beatty (file photo below) occasionally gives a comprehensive report of what the Planning Department has on its plate.  One of these occasions was tonight’s regular Council meetings.  Highlights of her report are provided below or you can download her full report. Since it’s an update, there’s not a lot of detail on most projects but you can get more detail by following the links embedded or listed below. Major projects include the work at the Mall, the development by Mason Homes at 425 King Street East and affordable housing projects. There’s also info on Downtown projects and a Heritage project.  Some have been in planning since early 2019 or earlier – it seems major projects have a long time scale.


Councillor Nicole Beatty
Councillor Nicole Beatty
  • If you have been to the mall over the past few months you’ve seen progress on the work next to Dollarama –  I believe Giant Tiger is scheduled to open there in May.  Work on the strip plaza on Elgin is also moving along – that’s where Starbucks is supposed to go although recently this has been questioned.
  • Cedar Shores at Maher and 589 King Street West is progressing.  They plan to sell building lots for upscale homes.
  • At the Cobourg Legion Condos on Orr Street, owners have started to move in as floors get completed.  Construction is ongoing on the interior for the Legion themselves to move in.  The existing Legion building will be removed once the Legion occupies the new space.  No timeline is available for this.
  • Work continues on the Certo building even though the Cannabis company is abandoning its plan for the factory.  The first thing to be fixed was the roof which has now mostly been completed. Last I looked online, the complete property is back on the market at an asking price of $19M.  (Listing here)
  • Phase 2 of the 66 unit affordable housing apartment complex on Munroe Street is nearing completion with occupancy expected within the next several weeks.
  • The Elgin Park affordable/market rental re-development is progressing and construction on the 71 unit mixed affordable/market rental building at 325 University Avenue West by Balder Corporation is well underway.
  • The new owner of the Woodlawn property at 420 Division Street has re-submitted their rezoning application in response to input received at their public meeting in the Fall.  Nicole reports that “Staff are reviewing the information with the consultant undertaking the review of rehabilitation/treatment facilities as part of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Update.”

For more details on projects, be sure to check out the links below.


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12 January 2021 1:33 pm

As far as ‘Cedar Shores’ is concerned, it’s becoming a bit of a ‘white elephant’? Some work was started on the shore-line, in order to ‘beef it up’, but that stopped a number of months ago? A large pile of boulders, still sit on the new roadway? Has the developer ‘gone south’? Is no one interested any more? Just wondering!

Reply to  Ken
12 January 2021 1:56 pm

The plan for Cedar Shores shows the beach as “public” grounds and a walking trail coming from Monks Cove (??)
Do you know if the beach was part of the original large lot and “given” to the Town when the developer bought it?

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Reply to  Bryan
13 January 2021 5:40 pm

Not sure, Bryan, but it would be nice if the present ‘board walk’ could be extended west to the community garden at Tremaine!

Liz Taylor
12 January 2021 11:27 am
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Reply to  Liz Taylor
12 January 2021 1:26 pm

I wonder why ‘Glover and Co.’ was not given some extra consideration or leeway? The finished project would look a lot more attractive than what’s sitting there now!

Liz Taylor
Reply to  Ken
12 January 2021 2:01 pm

Ken – the established rules are being followed to the letter as outlined in the first link by all parties and clarified by John Draper. You would have to advocate to the appropriate political parties in the decision making process to advocate change. This is just what has been decided. Consequences – suggestions were made on the last Subject Blog by some that water fees could be lowered if charges were transferred to Permit and Development Fees. Cobourg needs development not more financial reasons not to. There is an interested party right now – application under review perhaps it will be developed.

12 January 2021 11:23 am

Does anyone know anything about the empty lot at Queen and D’Arcy? Condo plans seemed to have died years ago. Ends up overgrown and is mowed a couple of times each summer. Was used as a staging area for all the equipment during the sewer work a few years ago.

12 January 2021 8:48 am

What’s happening at 415 King St. West (the old Cobourg Star building)? No workers, the south end is wide open to the elements. What a mess for many years.

Reply to  cornbread
12 January 2021 8:53 am

Should also have added: How long does it take to get a plan approved in this town?

IA Neri
Reply to  cornbread
12 January 2021 11:20 am

I believe the hold up is with Ganaraska, and not the town. Second hand rumour though.

Reply to  cornbread
12 January 2021 2:18 pm

See above article?