THE OLD McCORMICK HOME SITE UPDATE!!!!!
Hampton plans 'adult lifestyle' condos
OLD McCORMICK HOME SITE: London developer buys land fro Calgary firm for three-buidling project
By HANK DANISZEWSKI, The London Free Press
That big hole in the ground on the site of the former McCormick seniors' home in London may finally be filled with new luxury condos.
London developer Hampton Group is buying the one-hectare property at Richmond and Victoria streets from Calgary-based Statesman Group.
David Tennant Jr. of The Hampton Group said his company plans to build three four-storey buildings on the site with 110 luxury "adult lifestyle" condos. He said the site also may include a separate pavilion-style building that could house a restaurant, fitness centre and health-care offices.
The old McCormick Home was demolished in the summer of 2007 after the seniors home moved to a larger facility in west London.
The Statesman Group announced plans to build Manor Village, a 136-unit upscale seniors home on the old McCormick site. The site was excavated and a temporary sales centre was located on the property. But Tennant said the Statesman Group decided to drop the project.
"We have gone through an unprecedented recession where getting financing for a project that size became difficult," Tennant said.
Tennant said Hampton's plans are in the early stages, but the units likely would be one-floor, two-bedroom models selling for about $300,000.
Tennant said the site shouldn't require rezoning even though it's being converted from an institutional use in the old McCormick home to a private residential development.
He said his company has met with Ward 6 Coun. Nancy Branscombe and a residents' association to discuss the development. Feedback from that meeting prompted Hampton to come up with the plan for several smaller buildings rather than one large one, he said.
Branscombe said Hampton Group appears to be responding to neighbourhood concerns. "It's all looking pretty positive. It sounds like they are listening to the community."
Hampton is preparing sketches of the buildings to be presented at a future neighbourhood information meeting.
"We hope to engage the neighbourhood in the redesign," Tennant said.
Hampton is also building a four-storey luxury condo building in Wortley Village that has run into opposition from area residents.
"We felt that process on Wortley was very successful and we ended up with a better building after meeting with the neighbourhood," said Tennant.
Tennant said construction at the old McCormick site wouldn't begin until next spring.
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