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Proposed seniors community on Yonge St. to be discussed at neighbourhood meeting

Proposal includes two eight-storey buildings, an 11-storey building and 12 storeys at the rear of the site near Cox Mill Road

Four residential buildings on four properties along Yonge Street in Barrie will be the subject of a neighbourhood meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Proposed is two eight-storey buildings and one 11-storey building along Yonge, and one of 12 storeys at the rear of the site, on 3.7 acres on the east side of Yonge, north of Cox Mill Road and south of Macmillan Crescent.

A rezoning is needed for the future development of 426 residential units and 11,696 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, along with associated parking and amenities. 

Coun. Jim Harris, who represents this area, says he has a pretty good idea what’s being proposed there.

“At present, it is my understanding the applicant is planning to design the development to be a seniors living community,” he said. “The proposal for ground-floor commercial would be important to provide convenience and amenities to the residents.”

A formal rezoning application has not yet been submitted to the city, so this project is deemed to be within the pre-consultation stage of the city’s development review process. The application would come from Innovative Planning Solutions on behalf of a numbered Ontario company.

A neighbourhood meeting’s purpose is for residents to become familiar with the development proposal and the city’s planning process, and to provide feedback or ask questions.

Harris says he's looking forward to attending the neighbourhood meeting to receive more details from the applicant and to hear residents’ comments.

“To date, I have only had one resident comment about the proposal,” he said.

The Tuesday, Sept. 28 neighbourhood meeting will be held virtually through Zoom from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

To register to attend the meeting, visit, proposed Ward 8 developments and the address, which is 505, 511, 515 and 533 Yonge St.

Bob Bruton

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