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Scaled-down residential towers back on the table for Allandale

Development had originally been proposed at 25 and 26 storeys, with six-storey podium, but was revised and reduced to 19 and 23
Rendering of a proposed development on Jacob's Terrace in central Barrie.

More height and density could soon be crowding Barrie’s Allandale area.

Sitting in general committee Wednesday night, city councillors will consider rezoning 17 and 27 Jacob’s Terrace to allow construction of two residential condominium towers.

They would be 19 and 23 storeys in height, with a four-storey podium, and 504 residential units.

This development had originally been proposed at 25 and 26 storeys, and a six-storey podium, but was revised and reduced following comments from city staff and Barrie residents.

The property is located to the south of the Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY), on the south side of Jacob’s Terrace, west of Innisfil Street and east of Anne Street. It’s approximately 2.2 acres and is currently occupied as a works yard and light industrial type of business.

Tonlu Holdings wants to rezone this land from light industrial to transition centre commercial with special provisions, specifically parking, front- and side-yard setbacks.

Tonlu also has other development fish to fry in this part of Barrie. It has applied to rezone 41 and 32 Essa Rd., along with 259 and 273 Innisfil St., to develop buildings of 20, 29, 35 and 37 storeys for 1,276 residential apartments, with ground-floor commercial use along Essa Road and Innisfil Street.

The rezoning application is from light industrial and central area commercial to transition centre commercial with special provisions, which could include, but might not be limited to, reducing the commercial use requirement to five per cent, increase the height, decrease the setback from the railway, reduced side-yard setbacks and remove the general requirement to comply with the residential zoning provisions for apartment dwellings.

The rezoning application is being reviewed by city planning staff, the site plan needs to be submitted.

This land is a collection of properties generally bound by Innisfil Street, BCRY and Essa Road, both west and east of Innisfil Street and southwest of the railway tracks.

The rezoning application for 17 and 27 Jacob’s Terrace is on the agenda for Wednesday night’s general committee meeting, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Barrie City Hall, and virtually.