High Rise Development on Barrie Central Lands Taking Form

Council Also Heard About South End Subdivision, Potential Sports Dome

We’re starting to see a more clear picture of what could replace Barrie Central Collegiate.

Renderings provided by developer

A public meeting was held at City Hall on Monday night, to review a project originally proposed in April. A three-tower development could be built on the former school lands, each tower ranging between 10 and 20 storeys in height. While the project would create 600 units, it would also house a YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka facility and a multi-tier parking structure.

Related: YMCA Looking to Former Barrie Central Land

Monday’s meeting was to ask City Hall for a zoning amendment to allow for a taller building along Bradford Street than is currently allowed. No decisions were made at the meeting, but all the comments made by the public and council would be taken into account as staff put together a report, expected early 2020.

City Council also took in a public meeting on Monday evening that asked for land to be rezoned to allow for the construction of an air-supported sports dome. A similar structure can be found on Hanmer Street in Barrie. The proposed dome would be built near the back end of Ecole Secondaire Catholic Nouvelle-Alliance on Anne St. in Letitia Heights, and would be exclusively used by the school from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. It could accommodate up to three soccer fields. Right now, the land is zoned educational. Developers are asking it also be zoned recreational. The school itself, along with the surrounding vegetation and parking, would remain unchanged. Area residents attending the meeting aired concerns over what the increase in traffic would do to the area, combined with an increased noise level from the structure itself. Residents also questioned whether the site was appropriate, pointing out south industrial land may be better suited.

A rendering of what the dome could look like

Also at City Hall on Monday night, a public meeting over a proposed subdivision at Mapleview and Madelaine Drives. Developers were asking for a bylaw exemption that would allow the number of units in the subdivision to increase by two up to 518.

As with the first development, city staff will be drawing up reports on the other two, expected early next year.