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Barrie Bus Terminal will become Market or New Condo Site


Blog by Matthew & Robert Johnston | July 9th, 2013


There will be a closer look tonight at how the City of Barrie is growing – in more ways than one.

City councillors are going to start talking about some ideas that could change the skyline, and the downtown streetscape.

It’s starting with condos, like one being built at the waterfront. That one is 16 stories, which is over the limit of 10 stories on along Dunlop Street, set by city bylaws. It received an exception to build above the limit.

“The reality is,” says Coun. Barry Ward, “almost every single residential building that’s been built has exceeded the guidelines.”

Condos built along Collier Street are bound by a limit of 15 stories. More often than not, however, an exception is made, and the developer is allowed to build higher.

A couple of months ago, council asked city staff to take a look at the height restrictions downtown, and tonight council will consider holding public meetings to find out what residents think. Condo height restrictions won’t be the only downtown topic up for discussion tonight.

Barrie Bus Terminal

City councillors will also take a look at the bus terminal. Come August, there will be a new transit plan in place. And that means there will be fewer busses in the downtown area.

Mayor Jeff Lehman would like to see a market go in the building. Tonight, a motion to start a feasibility study could be introduced. A decision on the future of the transit terminal is still months away, but the motion could get the ball rolling.

Read more: http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/barrie-council-moves-ahead-with-condo-market-studies-1.1340023#ixzz2YZwmajyX