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Restoring the former IMICo brownfield
Having seen successful brownfield redevelopments like the River House, River Mill, Metal Works and Historic Stewart Mill condominiums, the commercial plaza at 40 Wellington Street, and mixed residential and commercial building Market Square Commons, Guelph is excited to see what exciting opportunities await 200 Beverley Street.
About the site
The 13-acre (5.2-hectare) property is located east of downtown in the St. Patrick’s Ward neighbourhood; close to the University of Guelph, Guelph General Hospital, the future Guelph Innovation District, and public transit.
We’re completing environmental studies that will help us move ahead with development. The studies being done now will help us understand any contamination on site, how it should be managed and how we can develop the site.
The site’s history of industrial activity is well known. We’ve already completed significant environmental studies and cleanup activities that will help us understand the remaining contamination on site, how it should be managed and how the site can be developed.
In addition to environmental studies and monitoring, the City is exploring options to market the property to potential investors – developers who understand the benefits of renewing brownfield properties like this one.
Where we’re at
We’re working with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) to gain approvals on environmental approvals for the site which are currently under appeal. We have followed the legislated process, by following the specifications set out in the MECP‘s Certificate of Property (CPU), to assess, remediate and monitor the property so it can be safely and appropriately redeveloped.
Ensuring we’ve got Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks approvals in place is an important step for us to be able to sell the property for timely development. The Ontario Land Tribunal has granted leave to two adjoining landowners to appeal the Director’s decision to issue the Certificate of Property Use to the City. Both the City and the Director are defending those appeals. The appeal process is expected to delay the City in being able to register the CPU on title for a year or more. No determination has been made on the merits of the appeals. A hearing is scheduled before the Ontario Land Tribunal for December 2023.
- City receives approval of Certificate of Property Use (CPU)
- City prepares a market offer for sale and development of the property.