At Regular Council meetings, Councillors are asked to provide reports in their role as coordinator. At Monday’s meeting, Councillor Nicole Beatty, Coordinator of Planning and Development Services, gave a full report on activity in the Planning Department. Some projects are slow getting through the process but there are a lot of them for a small town. So if you wondered what happened to that development you heard about, this article (and a second one in a couple of days) will provide an update. Nicole’s report is divided into 1) Subdivisions, 2) Site Plan Approvals, 3) Heritage and 4) Special Projects. This first article will cover Site Plan Approvals and their status. Many have been the subject of previous articles – links are provided to these.
New Supermarket at 990 Division Street.
Site preparation and Foundation work has commenced.
More on Cobourg News Blog: Two major projects up for Site Plan Approval and Download Site Plan Approval Documents (pdf)
Brook Road North and King Street East Commercial Development:
New plaza including a Tim Horton’s
Site servicing and prep work has commenced, and construction on the new Tim Horton’s has begun.
More on Cobourg News Blog: Tim Horton’s coming to East End
Legion Re build with Condos on Hibernia
Final interior work continues. Once the Legion is complete and occupied, the existing Legion will be demolished and converted into a parking lot for the Legion this Summer. Some owners have already moved in but construction on the Club space on the ground floor continues. Photo at right on 18 May 2021. This development generated considerable controversy and included an appeal by the developer to the Ontario Municipal board which he won. A progress report on the build is available here. Move-in was originally expected for mid 2019.
Cobourg Creek Lofts (415 King St W/ former Cobourg Star)
26 unit conversion of the former Cobourg Star building at corner of Tremaine Street.
Final paperwork and registrations are nearing completion to permit construction to commence.
More on Cobourg News Blog: Two developments progressing
University Terrace (96 University Avenue, west of Victoria College):
10-unit townhouse enclave
Construction on this is nearing completion and final condominium registration documents have been executed.
Loadstar Trailers (Dodge Street, Lucas Point Industrial Park):
Medium sized manufacturing facility for Loadstar Trailers on Dodge Street.
Construction has commenced.
Golden Plough Lodge Re-development
Construction on the internal site services and foundation has commenced.
Update on Golden Plough
Balder Corporation Mixed Rental Building (University & William)
71-unit mixed affordable/rental apartment building
Construction has commenced – majority of the work so far is site servicing and the underground parking garage and foundation.
Northumberland Mall Outbuilding
Strip Plaza on Elgin with Starbucks plus Giant Tiger in Mall.
Construction is nearing completion but is currently on hold since it is deemed non-essential construction under the Provincial Order. The new Giant Tiger store is deemed essential construction, has been stocked and will be opening soon (they originally said May)
Starbucks coming to Cobourg
Coast Guard Re-Development
New building at East Pier entrance for Coast Guard.
For a second time the tender for construction has been posted with the new tender closing set for May 20th New Coast Guard Building approved.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel (west of Home Depot)
New 82 Suite Hotel
On hold pending resolution of sanitary sewer and stormwater management issues.
More details on new Hotel provided at Public Meeting
SmartCentres Commercial Development (Strathy Rd and DePalma Drive)
Construction on the new PetSmart and Homesense was well underway before the Provincial Order which halted non-essential construction.
Parkview Hills Augusta Court (295 Densmore Road)
Six, single storey, four-plex buildings for a total of 24 units
Construction is nearing completion.
Affordable Housing Solutions (82 Munroe St)
Construction on this 36-unit mixed affordable/market rental apartment building is nearing completion.
Report on adjacent similar building at 86 Munroe Street here
Elgin Park Rental Housing Re-Development (Northumberland County Housing Corporation)
County project to convert and upgrade 18 subsidized housing units to 40.
Re-zoning and Site Plan Approval has now been granted by Council. Final details and paperwork are being worked out in order to permit the 1st phase of the re-development to commence.
Northumberland Hills Hospital (Burnham St and DePalma Drive)
The re-zoning to add “medical clinic use” to the list of permitted uses for the vacant parcel at the south-west corner of Burnham St and DePalma Drive has now been granted by Council. No word on any development of this site.
Beachwalk Flats (179-185 Division Street at Albert St)
A mixed commercial and residential development with two buildings.
After a public meeting, the applicant is reviewing feedback. Major concern is insufficient parking.
More on Cobourg News Blog: Two re-zonings requested
Joshani Homes Infill Development (296 George St):
New application for a 20-unit apartment/townhouse infill development at 296 George Street (at Buck St)
Canadian Centre for Addictions (420 Division Street):
As a result of public hearings, a staff report on minimal exterior changes will be brought back to Council on May 31st;
More on Cobourg News Blog: Council approves re-zoning of Woodlawn Property
Rondeau/Tribute Sales Centre
A major development (Villages of Central Park) at Elgin and Brook is planned. 1500 to 1700 homes in six phases with the first phase of 144 to 216 homes on the north side of Elgin just west of Brook. But first, a sales centre is required and that must be planned and approved. The staff report on this will be brought back to Council on May 31st.
More on Cobourg News Blog: Two developments progressing and Cobourg’s East End continues to grow
In addition to the above, the Planning Department reports that it continues to convene regular pre-consultation meetings with numerous prospective developers and applicants on many proposals across the municipality.
We hear that one of the reasons for high Home Prices is a lack of supply. It looks like Cobourg is helping solve this problem.
Watch for a second report which will cover Subdivisions, Heritage and Special Projects.