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You asked: What is happening with the proposed 26-storey development at Martha/Lakeshore?


No decisions have been made on this application. Staff and council did not support the proposal and it was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. The board held hearings in February and July and has not yet released its decision in the matter.

As soon as the decision is released by the board, I will let residents know.

For background on this proposal, in the search tab (top right) search for articles by entering “Martha” or follow this link: Martha/Lakeshore

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9 thoughts on “You asked: What is happening with the proposed 26-storey development at Martha/Lakeshore?”

  1. Nothing above low rise condos for the downtown core!!! If you are wanting to use Brant Street as the “downtown” area, then keep putting these high rises everywhere and you will have RUINED THE DOWNTOWN look and atmosphere with more “for rent” signs that what will be occupied. The so-called “downtown” will then only be known as Brant Street! Many cities have towered their downtowns and it has been a “failure”, never to be reversed once completed. Please put the greed of $$$$$ aside and do what is right!

  2. Only attended the November 2nd meeting. Disappointed on many fronts. Why wouldn’t the City have forced the Builders architect to show a street scape of a 12 story building with a best possible exterior. A plain vanilla grayish drawing was all we saw. Of course the sought after 23 storey looked fabulous against seeing a basic layout a high school draftsman could have drawn up.

    Secondly the theme of Affordable Housing was being presented not as a necessity but simply to pander to anyone that couldn’t afford to live in the high cost downtown district. It is not realistic as the Mayor rightly pointed out.

    The corner of Brant and James on the NE corner has been an eyesore for years. 7 retail units face Brant. Look at what is there. A comic book store, a middle eastern theme store, a unit that has never had any tenant very long ( empty as it usually is). The insurance company and the Centro along with LA Costa are the only viable looking units. Offices? The land owner developer is their own tenant above LA Costa. North side on James is really an eyesore.

    To say that there will be a loss of retail/office space is not even a progressive comment. A new building in that location will attract a better tenant and higher pricing. All a big improvement.

    Lastly why doesn’t anyone talk about property Tax revenue? Based on 169 units along with retail/office taxes the Nov 2nd meeting could have easily presented what that number would be. At least $1.2 million p.a. windfall to reducing everyones taxes? Doubtful. The City could offer land for affordable housing to be built from this revenue stream. Obviously not downtown but there are land banks all over the west end of Burlington.

    As with most meetings it isn’t what was said but what wasn’t said. The Planning Meeting could have covered more background that showed what is possible. The decision needed more details.

  3. I think that developers have recognized that the door is open to any height and density proposal. Developers now see the opportunity to create a smaller version of Toronto with high-rise buildings blocking the waterfront, casting huge shadows, creating wind tunnels and straining the inadequate infrastructure. Meanwhile, we have the same roads that were here 60 years ago, a Council and City that is pushing for road diets and a dated public transit system that doesn’t reflect the needs of today’s ridership.

  4. Sorry i wont be there. I am at the 2nd annual Andie’s Pumpkin Patch-Lions Optimist Park – Martha and New St. Am sure great objections will be presented to this crazy suggested 23 storey building.

  5. I totally agree with Michael Jones. Many people who have enjoyed living downtown are now moving. A friend is moving out of the downtown “because it has become too noisy, too congested and too much traffic.

  6. I live at least a 5 minute walk to downtown .. I should not have a have a shadow cast (littorally) on my house from this development…congestion already downtown…all with some possible, maybe, well sort of promises for tradeoffs and so called benefits of affordable housing. Build an appropriate sized building. If I want to live downtown Toronto, i will move. Don’t bring it here.

    1. I agree. I think there a place for these high rises and it should not be along the lakeshore. The density in this town will become too much for our parking and infrastructure to handle. 23 storeys was approved last night in city council meeting for the Brant and James (Celli’s restaurant) block. The next approval will be the south block that houses the old Elizabeth Interiors and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe. Let’s make those two the ONLY high rises of this height.

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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