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Council approves redevelopment of iconic Lincoln Fabrics in Port Dalhousie

Council approves redevelopment of iconic Lincoln Fabrics in Port Dalhousie

Council approves redevelopment of iconic Lincoln Fabrics in Port Dalhousie

Council approves redevelopment of iconic Lincoln Fabrics in Port Dalhousie

Aug. 28, 2018

Lincoln Fabrics rendering from Lakeport Rd

Rendering of plans for redevelopment of the Lincoln Fabrics building in Port Dalhousie from Lakeport Rd. and Rennie Park.

Last night City Council approved a new development for Port Dalhousie: the redevelopment of the iconic Lincoln Fabrics building.

The plans will see this heritage building converted into apartments with ground floor commercial space, patios, enhance the public space along the waterfront and public parking. The development will conserve the existing building. It is an example of adaptive reuse of a heritage building.

Lincoln Fabrics rendering waterfront

Rendering of plans for redevelopment of the Lincoln Fabrics building in Port Dalhousie from the waterfront.

City staff worked very long and hard on this proposal. The developer came to the table to work together with the city along the way. The heritage committee also made recommendations to improve the project that were accepted. Overall it was a good collaborative effort.

 

Through the planning process there were several public meetings and open houses. Council heard from many residents about traffic and parking and all of these concerns have been reviewed by the planning department. The development was evaluated against provincial, regional and city planning documents and it fits them all. The developer said last night that there could be shovels in the ground in early 2019.

I recognize that not everyone will be completely satisfied with the decision Council made on this project. It can be a challenge to balance growth with the surrounding environment. While there are always different opinions about development, I really think that this plan is a positive one for Port Dalhousie: through the adaptive reuse of an iconic heritage building, creating new live/work units, commercial spaces and patios, public parking and enhancing public access to the waterfront.

You can learn more about the plans for the Lincoln Fabrics building and all of the analysis that went into this decision in the staff report here: https://bit.ly/2LkRY0o