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Work Well Underway at North Barrie Development

Blog by Matthew & Robert Johnston | April 25th, 2016

Several retailers are expected to be open this summer at Barrie's newest development, North Barrie Crossing, currently under construction on Cundles Road East near the intersection of Duckworth Street and Highway 400.

Beginning this summer, and through to the fall, larger retail tenants will open for business on the north-end, 45-acre development. They will include a Zehrs, a Cineplex movie theatre facility, a TD bank, Shoppers Drug Mart and LA Fitness, among others.

Although the original plans included approximately 200 residential condominium units, it is unclear if the development will include a residential component due to the financial troubles of Mady Developments who had been on board to build the MarketTown Condominiums.

As such, the MarketTown project has been cancelled and the vast majority of purchasers have been refunded their deposits. No decision has been finalized on what the residential component of the overall site will now look like.

The city has received a rezoning application for the project's westerly portion, which was approved for a mixed residential and commercial building, according to Stephen Naylor, the city's director of planning. However, approval does not necessarily mean the developer has to move ahead with any particular component of the application.

Karen Hansen, of Pratt Homes, said the Barrie-based company would like to see the residential component of the site completed.

"We believe that this is a very important site for Barrie. Pratt Homes is going forward to explore options for the viability of our involvement in the residential component," she said. "We have submitted a rezoning application to the City of Barrie on behalf of Penady (North Barrie) Crossing in order to explore the opportunity of removing the current requirement of the previous development to have base-level commercial on the first floor of the residential buildings.

"If we can come to an agreement with the City of Barrie and the surrounding residents on this base level commercial point, we would be honoured to assist with bringing the residential component for this wonderful site to fruition in north Barrie," Hansen said.

The North Barrie Crossing development site has been in the works for 10 years.  While the zoning bylaw for the project was approved January 2006, the first building permit wasn't issued until April 2015.

Some of the delay was around the massive three-year infrastructure project for the Cundles/Duckworth/Highway 400 interchange. Reconstruction of the interchange began in the fall of 2013 and is expected to wind up in late 2016. 

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