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McGibbon Hotel Condominium Proposal
Proposed Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendment Applications
File No(s): D09OPA15.003 & D14ZBA15.010 Applicant: Silvercreek Commercial Builders Inc. Address: 69-79 Main Street South and 94-98 Mill Street (Downtown Georgetown)
On October 29, 2015, Silvercreek Commercial Builders Inc. (the Applicant) submitted applications proposing to amend the Town of Halton Hills Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law. These applications originally sought seek permission for the development of an 11-storey, 125-unit residential condominium building in Downtown Georgetown at 69-79 Main Street South and 94-98 Mill Street.
As part of the original proposal the Applicant intended to demolish the McGibbon Hotel and reconstruct a new façade using replica brick, to be incorporated into a 3-storey podium for the new condominium. The floors above the 3-storey podium are designed to terrace back from the Main Street elevation. The design proposes that the ground floor would be commercial/retail space along Main Street and Mill Street.
The Official Plan amendment proposed by the Applicant sought approval to:
increase the allowed height from 8 storeys to 11 storeys
increase the allowed density from 100 dwelling units per net residential hectare to a total of 125 dwelling units
The Zoning By-law amendment sought similar permissions to allow construction of the proposed 11-storey building.
On February 10, 2017, Town Council authorized a settlement with Silvercreek regarding the proposed condominium development in Downtown Georgetown on lands partially occupied by the McGibbon Hotel. The settlement was a direct result of the OMB mediation that occurred in Fall 2016.
The details of the settlement are as follows:
a reduction in building height from 11 storeys to 10 storeys, plus 2 feet;
preserve and reconstruct the upper two floors of the Main Street façade of the McGibbon Hotel using original brick (or restored in situ) and reconstruct the Mill Street façade of the McGibbon Hotel using replica brick (unless a sufficient amount of original brick can be preserved to reconstruct the Mill St. façade);
the façade of the upper floor of 69 main Street South be replicated using original materials, to the extent where reasonably practicable;
Silvercreek provide a $500,000 cash contribution to the Town for use towards heritage preservation and/or Downtown Georgetown initiatives; and
20 parking spaces be provided in a separated part of the parking garage that will be made available for general public use.
On March 17, 2017, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) issued a decision approving Minutes of Settlement and a Zoning By-law Amendment, in principle, which secure the settlement reached between the Town and Silvercreek. The OMB will withhold its final order until the parties execute a final Section 37 Agreement and file it with the Board. The settlement had been presented to the OMB by the Town and Silvercreek for approval on February 24, 2017. A copy of the OMB’s decision is provided below.
OMB Appeal Status:
OMB Case No(s): PL160870
The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) issued a decision on March 17, 2017, approving the settlement agreed upon between the Town of Halton Hills and Silvercreek, which can be viewed by clicking on the following link - PL160870