By Kevin Werner, News Staff
The west end of Wilson Street is quickly becoming a commercial corridor.
Members of the planning committee approved at their April 14 meeting a 23,300-square-metre commercial development that will include a Lowe’s store on eight hectares of land at 1125, 1143 and 1185 Wilson St. W.
“This will be an exciting project on the west end of Ancaster,” said Sergio Manchia, of the IBI group, representing Trinity Development Group Inc., which owns the property.
A commercial needs and impact assessment, prepared by urbanMetrics Inc., recommended more commercial and retail space could be accommodated within the area. The project was the subject of a controversial Ontario Municipal Board decision in 2012 that scaled back the size of the development and limited the permitted uses. As an arterial commercial development, the Trinity project couldn’t include department stores, a large food store, residential buildings or retailers selling primarily apparel, housewares, electronics, sporting goods or general merchandise.
Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, who has supported the project, said it completes the west end of Ancaster. He said the plan had to be modified to accommodate the OMB decision.
An amendment to the recommendation, presented by Ferguson, also restricts permitted in the plaza. Ferguson said construction could begin this fall. It’s expected the plaza will generate about $1.5 million in new non-residential tax revenue for the city.
The project was appealed by Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust in 2012. It controls a nearby commercial plaza at 1051 Garner Rd. W., which includes Canadian Tire and Walmart. The planning committee approved rezoning and official plan amendments that will change the zoning from holding shopping centre to shopping centre commercial and from agricultural to commercial. The development is expected to include a 14,870-square-metre Lowe’s and a 4,725-square-metre Longo’s grocery store.
Most of the property is currently vacant, except for a motel and a single family dwelling.
As part of the new commercial centre, a new roundabout is being proposed at McClure Road and Wilson St. W. A traffic study will also be done to further examine the McClure Road extension and Portia Road, which bisects the property.
Ferguson said a new gateway feature will be constructed at the roundabout to welcome people entering Ancaster.
“It squares the entire area off,” he said.