What is being proposed?
The Kellogg's plant has been purchased by E. & E. McLaughlin Ltd, a business headquartered in Tillsonburg that intends to re-tenant and re-purpose the site. Part of the site has already been re-tenanted and is being used now. The McLaughlins bought the property from Bayshore Group, which salvaged material and equipment from the factory after it closed.
A planning application has been received by the city for an official plan amendment and re-zoning of the site to allow for the re-use of the existing buildings for a variety of residential, commercial and light industrial uses. The notice of the planning application is available now and more details will be available soon.
Update on 10 Oct 2017: there will be a public participation meeting at planning and environment committee on 10 Oct, starting no earlier than 5:30pm, to consider the requested official plan and zoning bylaw amendments, which are supported by planning staff. The staff report is available here (PDF).
Update on 16 August 2017: E. & E. McLaughlin announced some details about The Factory (a huge indoor adventure park with a ropes course, trampolines, and more), Silverstacks craft brewery, as well as space in their office tower. Learn more in the press release.
Here's a relevant section of the planning justification report, written by the applicant's planning consultant:
For Areas 1 and 3 (Figure 1), it is proposed that a wide range of main street-style uses, such as restaurants, retail, personal service, commercial schools, and upper floor residential be permitted. These portions of the lands are envisioned to be a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented, main street-style area with a range of small- to medium-scale commercial uses on the ground floor, with other uses such as offices, commercial schools and/or residential on the upper floors. There is also potential for a hotel within the existing floor space in Area 1. Storage facilities within the lower level of Area 1 are contemplated as there are no windows into the basement floor of the building (Figure 2).
The building at 1127 Dundas Street (Pillsbury building) is also well suited for adaptive reuse through interior and exterior renovations. The interior layout of the building permits repurposing for a variety of commercial uses. Accessory parking for proposed uses in Areas 1 and 2 is provided both in Area 4 and adjacent to the Pillsbury building in Area 3.
A range of light industrial uses along with a variety of commercial uses including commercial schools, commercial recreation establishments, personal services, etc. are proposed on the rear portion of the lands (Area 2). As the building was formerly used for a manufacturing facility with some portions of the building being in excess of 33.5m (110ft) high, warehousing, commercial schools, and commercial recreation uses are an ideal adaptive re-use of the large, rear portion of the building. For example, an indoor rock climbing gym can make excellent use of the interior building height at this location of the site.
In addition to the above noted uses, the permission for offices with a maximum floor area of 8,361m2 (90,000ft2) is proposed on the overall parcel (Areas 1 and 2) in order to reuse portions of the building that were used previously for offices associated with the former Kellogg’s plant.
A community meeting will likely be held, time and location to be determined, before the formal public meeting at planning and environment committee.
- Notice of Application to Amend the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw, 5 July 2017
- Planning Justification Report (24-page PDF), 14 June 2017
- Staff report on official plan and zoning bylaw amendments, 10 Oct 2017
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