City Staff Recommends Approval of New Student Residence
City staff advocate for the green light on a 1,149-bedroom student accommodation near the University of Guelph.
In an upcoming report for the city council’s planning session on October 17, officials recommend approval for the planned development at 716 Gordon St. The structure will range from six to 11 stories and will be adjoined to a three or four-story podium, featuring a ground-level café at the southeast corner of the Stone Road and Gordon Street junction.
If approved in its current form, the development will consist of 532 residential units, collectively offering 1,149 individual bedrooms, along with 90 square meters of commercial space.
The proposal includes 303 parking spaces and provisions for bicycle parking, with 56 short-term and 534 long-term spots.
To proceed, the project will require several amendments to the official plan and zoning bylaws, including increased density, relaxed parking stipulations, reduced setbacks, and diminished common amenity areas.
During a public consultation in July, local residents expressed various concerns, including noise, parking, traffic, and environmental impact.
According to the staff report, the development is projected to contribute over $10.2 million in development charges to the city’s coffers, along with an additional $339,000 in community benefit charges and annual property taxes ranging between $645,500 and $861,000.
Those wishing to participate in the October 17 planning meeting must register by October 13 at 10 a.m. Registration can be done through the city’s website at guelph.ca/delegation, by phone at 519-837-5603, or via email at email@example.com. Opportunities will also be available for unregistered delegates to address the council.