Plans to develop former Oakville school site a big step closer

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Published December 14, 2021 at 3:50 pm

The former Brantwood Public School site will be home to seven new detached residential lots fronting onto Douglas Avenue. OMDC PHOTO

A plan to build new homes on the former Brantwood Public School site in Oakville is moving ahead after the sale of the site to Red Pine Canopy Ltd. was recently finalized.

Seven new detached residential lots fronting onto Douglas Ave. will be built on the historical school site located at 221 Allan St.

The front portion of the former school building will be converted into four to nine residential condominium apartment units adjacent to Allan Street.

“This development in particular demonstrates this Oakville Town Council’s commitment to the community,” Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said. “There’s been a lot of collaboration between the town and neighbouring residents to ensure a seamless transition of the new development with the surrounding community.

“Commitment to existing heritage protection and heritage policies of the Livable Oakville Plan were essential elements to any redevelopment and we are happy that the purchaser understands the importance of preserving what we value.”

To maintain, protect and enhance the character of the existing mature residential neighbourhood, including the Trafalgar Road Heritage Conservation District, Red Pine Canopy will be committing to conserving the historic west and south elevations of the school building, which were constructed in 1920 and designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

In addition, all homes constructed will be consistent with those already existing to the north and east of the site on Douglas Avenue.

“We are excited at the opportunity to reuse a heritage school,” said John Mehlenbacher, Owner, Red Pine Canopy Limited. “As a resident of south Oakville, my team and I understand there’s an established neighbourhood with a very strong community connection to the building.

“We are committed to conserving the historic portions of this iconic building and constructing residences that will respect and complement the neighbourhood.”
Ownership of the 0.15 hectare parkette at the corner of Douglas Ave. and Palmer Ave. will be retained by the Town of Oakville.

The Town will also be responsible for its development and the relocation of all existing playground equipment.

On April 26 of this year, Town Council authorized the Oakville Municipal Development (OMDC) to secure a buyer for the school building and seven residential lots on Douglas Avenue.

The Town purchased the Brantwood School property in April of 2012 upon it being declared surplus.

The school site was part of the South Central Public Lands Study which was a comprehensive land use study, completed in 2013 that evaluated options for four town-owned properties.

After extensive public consultation, Council approved a redevelopment concept followed by official plan and zoning by-law amendments for the site.

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