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[Ancaster] 412 Wilson Street East | ?m | 5.5 fl | Proposed

[Ancaster] 412 Wilson Street East| ?m | 5.5 fl | Proposed

Upscale condominiums, commercial boutiques proposed for Ancaster village core

Plan would add 122 condos, 14,000 square feet of commercial space at Wilson and Academy

Apr 09, 2019 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

Two local investors are hoping to breathe new life into a neglected part of the Ancaster village core, with a proposal for 122 condominium units and 14,000 square feet of commercial space.

At 5.5 storeys, the plan from Sergio Manchia of UrbanCore Developments and Frank Spallacci of Spallacci Homes would create the tallest building in the village core area of Wilson Street East, where a bylaw normally prescribes a maximum of 2.5 storeys.

The proposed development would occupy six properties on about one hectare running from Wilson and Academy streets to the former Big Bee variety store across the street from Glendale Motors. The proposal includes the historic Marr-Philippo house, built for cabinetmaker Adam Marr around 1840. The home was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1981. According to a plaque on the building, it's a prime example of contemporary Georgian architecture. More recently, the building housed Hanley's Eyewear.

The developers have proposed moving the home back toward Lorne Avenue and incorporating the structure into the new residential building as an amenity space for residents.

The concept plan, centred around Academy and Wilson streets, includes stone facades, pedestrian accesses from Wilson with vehicular access from Academy, colonnades, garden areas, boutiques fronting onto Wilson and recessed balconies on the residential units, with exclusive penthouse suites. The development would include a single level of underground parking with surface parking to support the commercial component.

Manchia acknowledged the developers would need an official plan and zoning bylaw amendment, site remediation, as well as heritage permits to relocate the Marr-Philippo house. But he suggested the site needs some out-of-the-box thinking to realize its full potential.

“We want to bring some life to the core, to make it vibrant,” said Manchia. “We’re trying to create a legacy project.”

Manchia and Spallacci, along with Rob Nicolucci of SRN Architects, brought their proposal to Monday’s meeting of Ancaster community council, hosted by Coun. Lloyd Ferguson, for some informal feedback from the community.

Nicolucci said relocation of the Marr-Philippo house is a must if the development is to proceed.

Initial reviews around the community council table were mixed, with some praising the look and feel of the concept plan and others questioning the impact on surrounding properties.

The developers have engaged in consultation with city planning staff, but an application has not yet been submitted.

City of Hamilton project manager Yvette Rybensky, who attended the meeting, said an official plan amendment typically takes at least one year.

Ferguson plans to have the developers return to the community council once a formal application is filed.

He acknowledged the land parcel is a brownfield site that includes a former gas station.

“It’s been unattractive for decades. You’ve seen things start to get boarded up,” said Ferguson.

“It’s like a city block. It’s not too often that you see a complete city block up for construction.”

Manchia suggested the development could attract young professionals and empty-nesters looking to downsize in the heart of Ancaster.

“It will not only attract people from the Ancaster community but keep people in the Ancaster community,” said Manchia. “Maybe this is going to be an anomaly of a development that’s going to be a catalyst for other things to happen, in the right way.”

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Old Posted May 8, 2019, 1:51 AM
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This has generated at least one unhappy Ancasterite. Though I've seen other letters from this guy in the Spec, with similarly angled sharp critique. I'll give him credit for being consistent but that's about it... some of the arguments are worth discussion, right up until his opinions go off the rails as they draw to a close.

From May 7 Hamilton Spectator letters to the editor:
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Development too big and bulky

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The proposed development at the corner of Wilson and Academy is too big and bulky for that extremely significant historic area. Wilson Street East has many buildings that date back to the early 1700s. The Barracks Inn dates back to 1800 and is said to have housed soldiers during the War of 1812. This location is also alarmingly close to both the Dundas Valley and the Tiffany Falls conservation areas. The proposed 5.5-storey condo would change the neighbourhood dramatically. It would also open the door for future developments of that size and larger. Our city planners should learn from other municipalities where giant highrise condos have turned quaint, historic neighbourhoods into slums.

Slightly different version submitted to the Ancaster News, May 3 edition (just the most different part quoted below)
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...Our city planners should learn from other municipalities, where giant highrise condos have turned quaint, historic neighbourhoods into ghettos. We need to remember that higher density also brings a higher crime rate which will lower property values and change communities forever.
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this is EXACTLY what that whole block needs...great scale and needed units - retail and residential for a rather dead, sleepy downtown.
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Fully agree, bring on this one, plus two decent development companies with some respect to heritage feel , so sure it will be a great project - get past the NIMBY force and the restrictive height bylaw.
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Lol apartments = slums apparently. Shut up and go away, thank you very much, and take you damned classism with you. Nobody wants it.

This type of “but the poors!” NIMBYISM pisses me off. What I would give to get a good yelling in at these idiots. It transcends the pro and anti development lens and turns their argument into a level of class warfare that has no place in Canadian society.

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Lol apartments = slums apparently. Shut up and go away, thank you very much, and take you damned classism with you. Nobody wants it.

This type of “but the poors!” NIMBYISM pisses me off. What I would give to get a good telling in at these idiots. It transcends the pro and anti development lens and turns their argument into a level of class warfare that has no place in Canadian socitiety.
NIMBYism is basically 'We, who live here, will not sacrifice one single dollar of our property values to those who have a vision that's separate from our own. Maximum property cashout, once were done with these homes, is our only goal, and we're looking to sell our detached homes for no less than $1 Million, and run away rich as hell!'.

It's basically the only thing inside their minds. Too bad nothing they own will ever get to that amount.

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This is downtown Ancaster! There are no cheap townhouses/condos! There will be no slums!

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This location is also alarmingly close to both the Dundas Valley and the Tiffany Falls conservation areas.
There are thousands of homes that are actually next to the Dundas Valley. Just look at google earth.
The distance from this project to Tiffany Falls is like saying that something built at King and James will effect Westdale, Fennel Plaza, on Sherman Avenue or at Williams Cafe on the Waterfront. It is all nonsense. He has no clue about what he is speaking of. He just has to say something and historically he is negative of change.
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Noticed the Big Bee and brown dog cafe buildings were demolished. Any news on building commencement? I heard there’s requirement to move the last heritage building?
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Very encouraging to see the 9 storey height accepted by LPAT/OMB on Garner. This site also on major thoroughfare and stone throw away from transit stop, if not already on route. Maybe the applicant will pull 5.5 for 7 or 9 !
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