Back to the Drawing Board for the IMICo Site

In 1989, the International Malleable Iron Company (IMICo) shut down their foundry at 200 Beverly Street, which had been operating in the Ward for nearly 80 years at that point. Environmental concerns, the size of the site, and a fringe religious group have all been impediments to initiating some direction on the abandonedproperty, and despite recent signs of progress, there’s still no path forward for 200 Beverly Street. Continue reading “Back to the Drawing Board for the IMICo Site”

The Next Phase of Reclaiming IMICo Site Coming in 2021

January 31 is the end of the calendar year, and the end of the City of Guelph fiscal year, but it will also mark the end of more thing, the end of the memorandum of understanding between the City and other parties for 200 Beverly Street, aka: the former IMICo Site. This big empty brownfield in the middle of the Ward has been the subject of much concern and interest for over 20 years, but there will be progress in 2021. Continue reading “The Next Phase of Reclaiming IMICo Site Coming in 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 9 Meeting?

Council’s going to take care of some unfinished business before the summer break at this month’s planning meeting. Brownfields, commercial space, and a brand new planning advisory committee are all topics for conversation. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 9 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 9 Meeting?

It’s an astoundingly busy planning meeting this month as programs and manuals come back for review, and several new rezoning applications hold their statutory public hearing. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 9 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 12, 2018

This month’s planning meeting will feature development priorities, the state of the city’s brownfields, and the redevelopment of the Uniroyal plant. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 12, 2018”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 12 Meeting?

It might be February, but this is the first planning meeting of the year as council will be asked to consider reports about he coming year of housing construction, the next several years of brownfield remediation, and the immediate future of one brownfield in particular. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 12 Meeting?”

What Guelph Cases Are Currently Before the OMB?

We hear a lot about the Ontario Municipal Board – the various cases they hear, the call for reform in some quarters of the province (including our own) – and there’s no denying the influence they have in how our cities are shaped and who gets to do the shaping. But would you be surprised to learn that there are nearly a dozen open cases concerning the City of Guelph before the OMB? So where are they, and what are they about? Continue reading “What Guelph Cases Are Currently Before the OMB?”