Both the Cobourg Creek Lofts and the Rondeau development look like they will actually happen. The Cobourg Creek property is at 415 King West on the corner of Tremaine Street. They plan to take the building previously used by the local daily newspaper (Northumberland Today or Cobourg Star) and convert it into 26 rental apartments. They are not specifically “affordable housing” but will add to the rental pool. Rondeau are moving ahead with their major project in Cobourg’s North East: the Villages of Central Park – near the corner of Brook and Elgin. They recently got permission to remove some trees so they could do some earth moving and now they are asking permission to build a fairly large but temporary sales office.
Cobourg Creek Lofts
First thing to note is that the creek has two names: Cobourg Creek and Factory Creek – I’d guess that Cobourg Creek sounds better for selling purposes. Also, some of the land is low and subject to flooding so the developer has bequeathed that to the Town for use as an extension to Cooey park. [Side note: the building on this location before the Cobourg Star was a factory whose last role was manufacturing Cooey Rifles – details here]
Tenant parking is in the basement with access from Tremaine Street and although it’s likely its floor is above the water table it might be a problem if the creek floods.
There will also be a second storey added so the building will look quite different when finished. And there’s an elevator that helps make the development fully accessible. High ceilings will be maintained and explain the “lofts” in the development name. There are no details yet of unit design but a rough calculation suggests units will average about 1000 sq. ft. so they should not be expensive. It seems that at least one entrepreneur sees a market for non-subsidized rental housing.
If I remember correctly, this is the second developer trying to do something with this property. Let’s hope this one has more success.
Villages of Central Park
The Rondeau project will take several years to complete but sales look likely to start in 2022. Six phases are planned with the first phase of 144 to 216 homes on the north side of Elgin just west of Brook. The complete development will include units ranging from single family homes to high density condos. It has been talked about since 2015 or even earlier with a public meeting being held on 25 June 2018. The sales office will be quite large at 3046 sq. ft. and will be in the phase one location. At their Committee of the Whole meeting on 29 March, Council will be advised that site plan approval is being requested for this temporary building.
With 15 parking spots, it seems they are expecting quite a bit of interest. See drawing of the building above right and links below for details provided earlier.
- Cobourg Creek Lofts – Staff memo re Site Plan Approval
- Cobourg Creek Lofts – Site Plan Drawings
- Villages of Central Park – Staff Memo re temporary sales centre
- Villages of Central park – Site Plan Drawing
Previous Cobourg News Blog Articles
- Cobourg’s East End Continues to Grow – About the Rondeau project – tree clearing – 8 Feb 2021
- Housing Developments in Northesat of Cobourg – About the Rondeau project – includes map. 30 June 2018