Major Hurdle Surpassed in Downtown Barrie Development

Pair Of Residential Towers Fronting Dunlop and Mary Streets

Barrie council has given an initial go-ahead to allowing a high rise in the city’s downtown core.

At 32 stories tall, the developers needed council’s approval to exceed the city’s height restrictions, an approval given a preliminary nod at Monday night’s meeting. The by-law amendment passed on consent.

The proposal would see the construction of two 32-storey residential towers atop a central 7-storey podium that would face Dunlop and Mary Streets. The podium would contain 495 parking spots.

Related: Downtown Highrise Proposed for Uptown Theatre Block

As proposed, this development would raze the now-closed Uptown Theatre.

The final vote to amend the city’s height restriction by-law, and others including a reduction in minimum required parking restrictions, and distance separation between towers is expected at next Monday’s council meeting.