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Proposed Development Of Former Leamington District Secondary School Lands Could Move Forward

Tuesday January 25th, 2022, 9:00am

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A report is heading to Leamington Council on what the former Leamington District Secondary School lands could look like.

The municipality purchased the land on July 14th, 2020, to encourage the development of attainable housing to address the current housing shortage in Leamington.

A conceptual development plan has been prepared to guide the preparation of a Request for Proposals to be issued seeking proposals from developers to purchase and develop the lands as Council has envisioned.

The Concept Plan provides a range of housing types and divides the High School Lands into three segments with 293 residential dwelling units.

The proposal calls for a mid-rise development on Talbot Street West with three buildings, six storeys in height, creating approximately 216 residential units and 53 townhomes with street-facing garages, and six small multi-unit buildings with four units within each building for a total of 24 residential units.

An accessory commercial area providing services such as child care, seniors services, medical care, retail and grocery stores to the surrounding neighbourhood is also proposed.

In addition, it is also being recommended that the rezoning of the Parking Lot Site on the south side of Talbot Street West include neighbourhood commercial uses, offices and other uses complimentary to the residential uses.

The Concept Plan does not show the building located in the north east corner of the High School Lands which is used by the Leamington Air Cadets. Town administration says they have reached out to a representative for the Leamington Air Cadets to discuss their needs and to consider suitable alternative arrangements.

At their meeting on Tuesday, the town council will be asked to authorize the request for proposals, including looking for interested parties in developing the land to present a business plan, a development plan and preliminary design and timeline for the completion of the project and an overview of the proposed team including the required certified professionals as architects, engineers and planners.

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