This just in: The Community Benefits negotiated by staff for extra height/density for the 23-storey highrise at 421 Brant St. across from City Hall are coming to the Planning & Developement Committee April 10, 6:30pm, at City Hall. Residents can register in advance to share your views with members of council for or against the proposed benefits.
The full staff report is here:
A summary of community benefits is below along with additional changes to the proposal including increased commercial area, an additional elevator and changes to setbacks.
My Take to come.
- To assist with affordable housing, a discount of $300,000 to be used against the purchase price of up to 10 dwelling units within the subject development, or an equivalent cash contribution to the city.
- one (1) publicly accessible car share parking space (indirect non-cash benefit assessed at $50,000) and a car-share vehicle for a minimum of two years (assessed at $50,000)
- $50,000 contribution towards the future expansion of Civic Square
- public access easement for lands located at the northeast corner of Brant Street and James Streets, the minimum dimensions of which are in the form of a triangle measured at 16m by 16m (128m2) (indirect community benefit assessed at $75,000)
- eight (8) visitor parking spaces (indirect community benefit assessed at $400,000)
- increased building setbacks, including widened sidewalks on Brant Street, James Street, and John Street, and view corridors on Brant Street and James Street to City Hall and the Cenotaph (indirect community benefit assessed at $250,000)
- $150,000 towards the public art reserve fund to be used within the publicly accessibly privately owned easement area referred to above and/or in the future Civic Square expansion
- implement green technology and sustainable architecture elements into the subject property in accordance with either
LEED certification standards and/or compliance with the City’s Sustainable Building and Development guidelines (indirect community benefit assessed at $300,000)
- Implement City of Burlington Streetscape Guidelines Standards within the Brant Street, James Street, and John Street public realm areas, including the expanded building setback areas at-grade and the publicly accessible open space easement area outlined above (assessed at $150,000).
Additional changes have been made to the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment including:
- The minimum commercial ground floor area contained in the attached amending Zoning By-law has increased to 935m2 from 900m2;
- A third elevator has been added to the residential building, requiring expansion of the mechanical
penthouse unit to include three elevator shafts, two fire
access stair wells, enclosed hvac and mechanical systems, and a lobby providing access to the rooftop amenity area. Accordingly, the setback for theBrant Street side has been changed to 15.2m from 19m, the setback for the James Street side has changed to 14m from 15.2m, the setback for the John
Street side has been changed to 13.5m from 9.1m, and the setback for the north property line has changed to 13m from 14.5m. City Building staff have confirmed that the expanded mechanical penthouse will not be visually perceivable from the sidewalk on the opposite sides of Brant Street, John Street, or James Street.
- A 10cm construction tolerance has been provided for all setbacks including and above floor 5.