Baker District redevelopment

An aerial photo of Downtown Guelph highlighting the triangular shape of the Baker District redevelopment site bordered by Baker Street, Park Lane and Chapel Lane.

 

The Baker District redevelopment is a City of Guelph development project aimed at transforming the existing parking lot and properties fronting the north end of Wyndham Street into a unique mixed-use development, including a new main library.

The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions the Baker District redevelopment becoming a model of urban intensification that drives visitors to the downtown and encourages business to thrive within its boundaries by combining residential and commercial spaces.

The City has explored concepts for the site, formally endorsing the 2009 concept and 2014 concept, which would achieve:

  • Increases to downtown visitation
  • Increases to the downtown residential population
  • Improvements to connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles
  • Establishment of new architectural landmarks
  • Adding additional public parking
  • Incorporation of best practices in environmental design
  • Availability of affordable housing

Preferred partner

Windmill Development Group is the preferred partner to lead the planning, design and development for the Baker District project.

The development team, led by Windmill, includes Diamond Schmidt Architects, DTAH, and Urban Equation Corporation. The companies, who have successfully worked together before, will work closely with the City and Guelph Public Library to arrive at a final plan for the development.

Windmill will own and develop the residential and commercial components, and partner with the City in developing the public components (e.g. library, parking and public space). The City will support the development of the site by completing technical studies, environmental site preparation and upgrades to off-site infrastructure. The City will also consider whether support for the development project is available through Downtown Guelph Community Improvement Plan grant and loan programs.

Community engagement

There will be multiple opportunities for the community to participate in the development of the Baker District, both through the Guelph Public Library as it develops the new library space and programming, and the City as the Baker District design concepts are developed and refined. Opportunities for engagement will be shared with the community as this multi-year project progresses.

Resources

For more information

Martin Jewitt, Project Manager
Business Development
Business Development and Enterprise
City of Guelph
518-822-1260 extension 3360
martin.jewitt@guelph.ca