22-storey highrise proposed for Brock & Ontario Street

Public meeting Sept. 27

The city has received an application from the Molinaro Group for a 22-story highrise at the corner of Ontario and Brock, addresses 490 – 492 Brock Ave and 1298 Ontario St.

The Molinaro Group has applied for Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendment applications to permit a 22-storey (including a one-storey rooftop amenity area) mixed-use building with 170 residential units and 186 square metres of ground floor retail commercial space; four levels of underground parking. Vehicle access would be from Ontario Street.

A public meeting on the application is scheduled for Sept. 27, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 7-9pm. A letter will be sent to residents in the vicinity of the site once details are finalized and the application is deemed complete with all required studies submitted.

A website has been set up to provide updates on the application as it moves through the review process. (Molinaro Group: Brock & Ontario) Technical studies submitted by the applicant are posted here, as well as details of public meetings, staff reports and other information. You can sign up on this page to receive email “alerts” when new information is posted about this development (click the “subscribe to this page” button, top right corner). The review and decision-making process takes roughly six months. Staff can recommend approval, rejection or approval with modifications. Ultimately council will decide on the application. Residents are encouraged to provide your input throughout the process. Details for how to do that will be shared on this website and in the monthly newsletter..

The Molinaro group previously built the adjacent 14-storey highrise at the Brock/Elgin intersection, where their corporate head office is located.

To check the status of all in-progress developments in Ward 2 visit: Current development projects in Ward Two

My Take: This application will have to be reviewed for height, traffic, parking, setbacks, greenspace and other amenities. We must ensure an appropriately-sized development for this site and neighbourhood, recognizing it is surrounded on three sides by highrises of varying heights. Once all the studies are done and the review by staff is complete, we’ll be in a better position to assess the most appropriate development here.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

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