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Flato Holds Dec. 1 Community Meeting on Owen Sound Development Plan

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The company that is proposing to build an 829-unit housing estate across from Georgian College in Owen Sound has scheduled a meeting for Dec. 1 to receive public comment on the plan.

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Markham-based Flato Developments plans to host the walk-in “Community Engagement Meeting” from 4-8 p.m. at the Best Western Inn on the Bay.

Flato Chairman Shakir Rehmatullah said members of the Greystone Village project consultancy team as well as the architect, planner and engineer, as well as Flato staff, will be present at the session to hear from residents and other stakeholders and answer questions.

“The purpose of this public information meeting is to lay out our vision for the community – what we offer or what we want to offer – and we want to hear from the general public,” he said in an interview.

Rehmatullah said Flato was particularly interested in knowing what types of housing people would like to see in the housing estate.

“We have spoken with Georgian College and I understand there is a need for student accommodation. I also hear the need for housing for the elderly; I hear the need for purpose-built rental housing in the area,” he said.

“So now we want to go out into the community, we want to have a meeting, and we want to hear from the general public and all the stakeholders and feel them and hear their opinion and their ideas.”

The company also wants to know the size and features of the units as well as the amenities, such as gyms, barbecue areas, study areas and faith rooms, that people would like to see, it said. he declares.

“These are the things I would like to know before I go to the drawing board and start laying out the units,” he said.

When asked if Flato intended to include affordable housing in the development, Rehmatullah replied that it had not yet been decided.

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“Right now we’re just exploring ideas – we want to hear from the public. That’s something we don’t know yet,” he said.

City Hall issued a notice in mid-October stating that it had received complete applications from Flato Owen Sound Community Inc., part of Flato Developments, to amend the official plan and zoning by-law for the city ​​and for a proposed subdivision plan to facilitate a development with 829 housing units in a “variety of residential types”.

The claims relate to Flato’s largely vacant 74-acre property at 1415 8 and SE

The city plans to hold a public meeting on the demands at a later date.

The City’s Notice of Complete Applications says Flato’s proposed subdivision plan includes 18 single-family homes, 222 street-side townhouses, 111 back-lane townhouses, 318 townhouse townhouses, and 160 mid/high units. flats density.

Rehmatullah said the company would like to hit the market for homes next summer and begin construction within 12 to 24 months.

Flato plans to make the development pedestrian-friendly, he said, and include trails and parks. It proposes to extend East 16th Avenue, East 6th Street, and East 7th Street and build several local roads within the subdivision.

Flato Developments is also behind large scale residential development projects in Dundalk.

The company says Phases 1-7 of its Edgewood Greens community as well as its Carriage House development in Dundalk are sold out.