St. Catharines is converting the land use of several properties in the city, sparking major changes to what can be developed on the former General Motors property and vacant lands in the west end by the hospital.
The 21-hectare GM brownfield at 282 and 285 Ontario St. will be converted from an employment, or industrial, designation to mixed use for housing and commercial projects.
The same redesignation was made to 12 hectares of mostly vacant lands west of the St. Catharines hospital at 1262,1290,1298 and 1338 Fourth Ave., 1958 Third St. and 2000 Pathstone Way, which would allow for a long-term care development proposed by Ellis Don.
“As a council, every so often, there’s an opportunity to be transformational,” said St. Andrew’s Coun. Joe Kushner Monday night, citing previous councils’ decisions to adopt the first CIP incentive program which transformed Merritton and to access provincial and federal money to transform the downtown.
“Tonight we have the same opportunity to convert the GM and west St. Catharines properties into vibrant, high-density communities which are walkable and not car-dependent.
“I would conclude that doing so will be a legacy of this council and we should not miss the opportunity.”