A proposed four-storey residential development with 75 rental suites in downtown Amherstburg was showcased at a public meeting at the Libro Centre earlier this week.
The Rosati group in partnership with Jones Realty Inc. is proposing a 23,864-square-foot apartment building for the northwest corner of Richmond and Brock streets, on the long-vacant northern portion of the St. John the Baptist property. This same group has also worked closely with Town staff and the Town’s Heritage committee on plans to transform the former House of Shalom building at 249 Brock Street into a condominium complex with 16 suites called The Lofts.
The latest proposal has not yet come before Council, but the developers opted to showcase it to the public so they could answer any questions or address any potential concerns before a statutory public meeting. The property would require rezoning and an Official Plan amendment to allow for residential development as it is currently zoned and classified as institutional.
The proponents said they have archeological assessments that have been approved as well as a traffic study that accounts for as many as 114 suites though only 75 are proposed. They said a parking lot with 115 spaces would be located behind the building to diminish visual impact and the building would be designed to “compliment Amherstburg’s heritage appeal” and finished with materials “to match and compliment” the existing neighbourhood.
This is just one of several exciting residential development proposals that have been presented to the Council and the public in recent weeks and I’m keen to see it officially come before Council. There is definitely a need for more housing and rental units in Amherstburg.
If you have any questions or concerns about this development or other recent proposals, or if you like what you see, don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 519-981-4875.