Four tower condo highrises being pitched for Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Published September 29, 2023 at 10:17 am

An architect drawing of the four proposed towers near the Glendale/QEW exit in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

While it’s still far from a done deal, things could get very big near the Glendale exit at the QEW in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

A developer is proposing a four-tower condo complex that would add another 810 residential units to the tourist town’s population.

The developer, White Oaks Tennis World Inc., made its first pitch during a Sept. 19 virtual open house meeting with architect Michael Rietta, explaining that the development would see four towers of 17, 18, 21 and 25 storeys each.

While the town’s historic and picturesque downtown is generally considered off-limits to new development – particularly one of this size – its Glendale Secondary Plan does allow for a build with this kind of magnitude.

The towers would be in an area that already includes Niagara College, The Outlet Collection at Niagara, the St. Catharines Husky Travel Centre and several other commercial centres built for high-intensity population.

While the current 14.5-acre lot is mostly undeveloped, it is zoned “village commercial” and the developer would need the Town to change that to “mixed-use, high-density,” something the Glendale Secondary Plan allows.

The condos within the complex would range in size from 605 square feet – the size of the average one-bedroom apartment – to 1,200 square feet, the size of the average three-bedroom.

One concern that has come about is that the project is only five kilometres away from the Niagara District Airport. Under current restrictions, the heights of nearby buildings are limited to 19 metres above ground. The highest of the four towers would be 82.5 metres above ground level.

While the only pitch for this project was made virtually so far, residents can offer up their opinions on the massive project next week at a public meeting on Oct. 3 at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Town Hall.

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