Waterloo-based developer plans three-tower mixed-use development in Barrie

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Waterloo-based HIP Developments  wants to build a mixed-use development with two 20-storey structures and a 10-storey building in central Barrie.

“It’s a market we’ve had our eye on for a number of years,” Joel Doherty, director of development with HIP Developments said at a recent council meeting,  noting the site is a large property within close proximity to the waterfront and downtown businesses.

Details of the 600 residential unit development were presented at a public meeting last week.

HIP needs a zoning-bylaw amendment and special provisions to allow additional building height along one side of the development.

The proposed development includes a 70,000-square-foot YMCA facility and urban parkette using the shell of a former elementary school.

Rob Armstrong, chief executive officer with YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, urged council to pass the zoning-bylaw amendment.

“We’ve been working with HIP Developments now for about three years,” he said. “For us, we believe having a ‘Y’ downtown is a great opportunity.”

A staff report on the zoning-bylaw amendment will be presented to general committee in early 2020.

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