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City of Guelph

The city staff report on rezoning of the former Marsh Tire site to allow construction of an 18-storey mixed-use highrise contains this view of what the building is to look like from the north, across Wellington Street.

Redesigned condo tower draws praise

Changes to the design of a proposed 18-storey mixed-use building at the southwest corner of Macdonell and Wellington streets won praise at this week’s council meeting.
Veteran Guelph developer Tom Lammer lauded the building’s “more contemporary styling, with more stacked elements.”
He said the Tricar Group, which is now finishing up its first 18-storey mixed-used condo tower at the northwest corner of Macdonell and Woolwich streets, should be applauded for the vote of confidence it has given to Guelph’s downtown through its two highrise projects.
After 20 years in which not much development happened downtown, Tricar is bearing “a tremendous amount of risk in bringing projects to an area that is still an emerging market,” said Lammer, who spoke as a delegation.
Lammer also praised the redevelopment incentive programs put in place by the city a couple of years ago, which he said have been “key” to moving such projects forward.
The first Tricar tower is expected to be ready for occupancy in September.
Close to two-thirds of the site of Tricar’s second tower will be landscaped at grade or covered with a green roof, council was told.
“It’s not just a meadow,” Tricar representative Michael Hanney said of plans for the living roof. Rather, the green roof will be “quite intensively designed and planted.”
Hanney said changes in design made over the past six months have resulted in a building that is “smaller, lighter looking” than the original proposal.
Tempered glass will be used in balconies, and a curve has been added to the building for the commercial frontage to go along Wellington, Hanney said.
“It will look much lighter to the street than it used to” under the previous design proposal, he said.
The building will be the envy of other cities the size of Guelph and will be “really exceptional for a mid-size city in Ontario,” Hanney said. It is “a much more complex design, much lighter, much thinner.”
Various revisions to the building’s design have resulted in the number of residential units being trimmed from 165 to 144. There would be 29 one-bedroom units and 115 two-bedroom units.
Councillors Bob Bell and Lise Burcher applauded the changes made to the building’s design over the past six months. “The development is more in line with our urban design guidelines than the one that was originally brought forward,” Bell said.
Council unanimously approved rezoning of the former Marsh tire property, where the building is to go up.

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