Massive Barrie development expected to begin construction before year end

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Yonge GO Village project is close to breaking ground in the City of Barrie.

Once complete, the development will add about 1,300 homes including street townhouses, stacked townhouses and six-storey apartments to the city. Plans also include retail space and 25 acres of parks and trails near the Barrie South GO Station.

City council approved the plan and placed engineering conditions on the Barrie Heritage Developments plan in 2017.

“We have had applications in their area for considerably higher buildings, (from) applicants that jammed more units on a smaller site. This is a very thoughtfully designed community with a public square and open space,” Mayor Jeff Lehman said in BarrieToday.ca.

“For a relatively high-density community, it’s setting a good precedent.”

The developer had previously entered into a pre-servicing agreement with the city, allowing for installation of a stormwater management pond in advance of the registration of the subdivision agreement.

“Approval of the Engineering Conditions and Drawings will clear the way for registration of the Plan of Subdivision (subject to certain financial and legal conditions) and for the initiation of full construction, anticipated to start late in 2019,” Palka wrote in his letter to council.

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