Correction to: New Horizon to build Bridgewater

New Horizon Development Group has taken over the Bridgewater project at the foot of Elizabeth Street from MADY Development. When complete, Bridgewater will feature a 22-storey condo, 8-storey 4-star hotel (Delta, recently acquired by Marriott International), retail along Lakeshore Road, and a 7-storey condo, with a central public plaza and public walkway along the shoreline.

The development is roughly 30% sold. The goal is to begin construction later this year, once sales reach about 75-80%.Bridgewater is designated a “landmark” in the city’s Official Plan, meaning other developments must defer to it to give it prominence of place. The project is currently in the site plan approval stage, going over detailed drawings of where everything fits on the site.

The development has been in the planning stages for more than 20 years. In that time, setbacks from the shoreline have increased. Bridgewater was grandfathered in for a period of time, but that time has elapsed; they sought an extension from Conservation Halton to use the previous setbacks, and received approval.

CORRECTION: I have just received additional information from New Horizon about the building permit status and timelines from Conservation Halton regarding the setbacks:

The permit is valid until October 21, 2016.  The term “substantially complete” does not appear in the permit, nor is it a condition of approval.  However, Conservation Halton staff have indicated that they would like to see the superstructure well under construction.  Ideally, the project should be finished by the permit expiry date, but CH has indicated they are willing to be “reasonable” based on the size and complexity of the development, and so the term “substantially complete” is their own wording.  Staff will consider an extension or new permit if the project has proceeded to a level that is satisfactory to them. There is also a role for the CH Board to play, regardless of the staff position.

My Take: So long as construction is underway, it is likely that the project will be permitted to proceed as designed beyond the deadlines. However, as a new member of the Conservation Halton board, I will be watching closely and keeping you up to date.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. “Tall towers create life, people, and events worthy of your time”. That is a highly opinionated and hilariously unfounded statement! Is it really worth arguing against it?!

    If people are serious about Sustainability, then it’s time to get serious about sustainable populations—no growth, no decline. Serious discussions about POPULATION LIMITS must be had.

    I agree that Vancouver has become an unaffordable highrise nightmare in a very short time. Some of the most iconic cities of Europe have typical storey heights of a half-dozen (in their downtown cores) and they’re wonderful… cities that are over a thousand years old!

    The very nature of a city revolves around it’s population size and density.

  2. People commenting here must be clueless as to how the real world works. For growth you need more people, and Burlington is getting close to its population limit. We need to allow higher density construction to allow in more residents. Especially in the downtown core where a vibrant day life, and night life requires a higher population. A higher pop. allows for better public transit as well and more taxes to help the rest of the city improve. This building is not blocking any view as you aren’t sitting on the street to look at the lake, you go to Spencer Smith for that! We have a beautiful waterfront, that extends into Hamilton. We have one of the most amazing waterfronts in Canada. How would this beautiful structure destroy that? Tall towers create life, people, and events worthy of your time. They create an amazing skyline as well. I do not want major issues, as much as anyone else. But the blatant hate toward anything progressive in this city or anything modern is going to hurt the city in the long run. This building also will not cause major traffic issues. There will be at most 1/8 of the building driving at one time right in front of the building. On rare, rare occasions. This means maybe 20-30 more cars on the road in downtown? Uh oh… The space is also not used for parking already, and our downtown has plenty of parking.

    People need to stop complaining. Burlington can be a city with young vibrant people. We should not stifle this our growth or continuation of a great community because when you moved to Burlington in 1985, there was nothing taller than 4 stories.

  3. I do not want Burlington to become like Vancouver with a wall of high rises along the shore. Why bother setting restrictions on buildings if the city gives in to the builders?? The buildings are getting taller blocking our beautiful lake view.

  4. Now that we have a new developer I feel that any grandfather clause should be removed.
    With only 30% sold at this date do they expect to sell another 50% before the end of the year?
    I can see another complex legal issue being developed on this project and more requests from the developer for additional changes. Let’s hope that we do not have another pier problem.
    I like the pier and am glad that it is here.
    I did not like the way it was handled which led to increases costs.

  5. The “setback” in the opinion of a lot of residents in the downtown area, especially those on Lakeshore between Brant and Martha, should remove any “grandfathering” rights by any developer that has taken over this project. Such a development will take away the beauty of our lakefront, will
    cause enormous traffic congestion and parking nightmares. How this development was initially approved is beyond comprehension. This will be
    another “mistake on the lake”. In summary, this project should be looked at very closely and if it does go on at all, it should be scaled down. The
    enormity of the project for such a small area is just not feasible and it should be stopped in its entirety.

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