What would you like to see on the old McCormick lands?

OZ-8489_-_A._Watson_(PM)_-_1156_Dundas_St._(Ward_4).pdf_(page_4_of_4).jpgWhat is being proposed?

There are two things happening at the same time:

  1. the old McCormick building on Dundas St is in the process of being sold by the City of London to Sierra Construction for $1;
  2. the larger McCormick area is being studied, which will result in a secondary plan for the area.

As reported in the London Free Press by Pat Maloney, the building was closed in 2008 and later seized by the City of London after the former owner failed to pay over $750,000 in back taxes.

Sierra Construction has proposed a mix of commercial and residential uses on the site. 

What has happened so far?

Next Steps

A public site plan meeting will be held at the Planning and Environment Committee. The date is to be determined.

Key Documents

Key Contacts

I'm interested to know what you would like to see built in this important area of our ward. Please provide your feedback in the box below, email me at jhelmer@london.ca or call me at 226-268-7536 (mobile).

Michael Tomazincic, Manager, Current Planning, City of London. mtomazin@london.ca or 519-661-2500 Ext. 4693.

Jim Yanchula, Manager, Urban Regeneration, City of London. jyanchul@london.ca or 519-661-2500 Ext. 7544.

Amanda-Brea Watson, Planner II, Urban Regeneration, City of London. awatson@london.ca or 519-661-2500 Ext. 5843 (for amendments to Official Plan and Zoning By-law for old McCormick factory site)

Kerri Killen, Planner II, Urban Regeneration, City of London. kkillen@london.ca or 519-661-2500 Ext. 2659 (for McCormick Area Secondary Plan)

Members of the planning and environment committee: my colleagues on the committee are Paul Hubert (Chair), Phil Squire (Vice-Chair), Maureen Cassidy and Stephen Turner.

Jen Pastorius is the manager of the Old East Village BIA. Her email is jen@oldeastvillage.com.

Kristina Greenaway Courey is the president of the Old East Village Community Association. Her email is oevcapresident@gmail.com.



What do you think of the proposed official plan and zoning amendments for the old McCormick factory site?

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  • commented 2017-08-07 15:45:23 -0400
    I think it will get rid of the eye sore that is now McCormicks. It will be nice to see new development in this area and take the old stigma that the East End of the City is the worst area to live in. I noticed on Dundas that more & more business is moving in and around the Fair Grounds. Hopefully this will upgrade this area. There are very good people that live here. We have lived on Ashland for many years and we love our neighbours at the top of our hill. It is like our own little village up here. I just hope this new development will bring in new residents that treat the area with respect and enjoy becoming good neighbours.
  • commented 2015-11-24 03:49:59 -0500
    Honestly… People saying it will impact on their everyday life is kinda nonesence… Yes it has a beautiful back end… But the building itself is just rotting away and if we dont do something it will come to the point of beyond repair… Its literly just sitting there doing nothing and since theres nothing operating there, the city is losing tones on property tax and with the new rapid transit system coming this city needs as much money as it can get, personally i like the idea, maybe the people saying the city should keep the green space should by the property and spend the money to fix it themselfs, its being selfish to the rest of the city and that whole area is going down the drain… If anything this idea would fix that, the argyle area was going down the drain too before it made sacrifices to improve itself, all im saying is its a small sacrifice for the greater good.
  • commented 2015-11-23 22:32:37 -0500
    I like what the Sierra group wants to do. Having grown up around the corner it will be nice to see it developed. I hope the neighbors who are selfishly opposing it drop their objections. Too many developments are stopped to please a few. The Sierra group altered the plans and that shows commitment on their part. If anyone opposes the plans I suggest they buy the property and do as they wish.
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  • commented 2015-07-24 12:24:47 -0400
    Observation from urban design brief over abundance of surface parking could easily located underground. Achieving more space for public square housing retail pedestrians achieving better use of density.
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  • commented 2015-07-24 11:19:58 -0400
    I would like to see something akin to the Distillery District in Toronto. Artisans, restaurants, venues for theater and music and galleries. I agree with my friend, Brad, cool urban lofts but keep it free of ‘professionals’ and devote it to restaurants, artisans, and as I listed above a venue for the arts-dance, music and theater.
  • commented 2015-07-24 09:17:00 -0400
    Cool urban lofts. A green space. Some multi use buildings for offices, doctor, dentist, massage therapy and a bit of retail that would service the people living and working there, including a small restaurant.
  • commented 2015-07-23 21:10:16 -0400
    Whatever it becomes, it has to be carbon neutral .

    1. Integrating passive design strategies

    2. Designing a high performance building envelope

    3. Specifying energy efficient HVAC systems, lighting and appliances

    4. Installing on-site renewable energy

    5. Offsetting

  • commented 2015-07-03 14:02:37 -0400
    I would like to see low density housing (i.e. single family, semi-detached) and 25 percent portion out for parkland.
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  • commented 2015-07-01 11:58:42 -0400
    I like land use option 2 which retains some of the industrial area because I would like people to be able to live close to their employment.

    Inner city rail links mean that communities can keep the manufacturing in the core without the truck traffic creating congestion on the roadways. Orangeville has done this with success. We need jobs into the future and we have to make the space to have that work.

    Having the inclusion of of studio workshop space will encourage new manufacturing ideas to incubate and partner with adjacent facilities.

    I like to include the agricultural element because food security is a growing global concern. The additional green space will soften the impact of the high residential plans.

    This option is as close to utopia as I figure we can get.
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  • commented 2015-07-01 09:20:33 -0400
    London is in need of an ARTS THERAPY CENTRE where people/patients/clients can come to seek therapies including meditation, musical therapy, artistic therapy (pottery, painting, weaving, knitting, gardening etc)…these centres are so widespread throughout Europe and have yet to make a big impact in Westernised culture. They bring community together, teach basic living skills to those that don’t learn them in their up-bringing (which seems to be a problem in today’s society…..sometimes..) not to mention encourage participation and creativity amongst citizens.

    I personally have wanted to kick-start a collective of artists in London to form an organization primarily for adults with develop mental disabilities that would benefit from musical performances and artistic opportunities in their lives. There are many community members in London that are alone and isolated due to mental health issues and I feel that a centre such as this would be a welcoming place for them to come and feel some semblance of joy in their lives.
  • commented 2015-06-30 20:34:55 -0400
    Grocery store, with wine beer store, restaurant. seniors subsidized apartments. Children’s Museum, with other child oriented services alongside..Clubs, organizations
  • commented 2015-06-30 19:23:28 -0400
    I would like to see the main building converted into loft apartments/condo units. I would like the land behind the factory building converted into town homes similar to Sugarcreek. I would like to see the city make an effort to preserve the old Kelvinator Building beside McCormick’s and build residential on McCormick Blvd behind it. And I would like to see residential on Burbrook behind the EMCO building. The area needs additional residents to support local amenities like a convenience store, medical clinic, pub/restaurant, etc..
  • commented 2015-06-30 15:00:16 -0400
    Lots of great suggestions. I love those that focus on economic and environmental sustainability. A combination of multi-residential units, sports centre, grocery store, and clinics would be wonderful.
  • commented 2015-06-30 14:59:59 -0400
    I live on Dorinda and have been looking at the McCormick lands and building for a long time. I propose an assisted living/long term care facility complete with a large park for the residents and the public. There could also be light shopping (grocery, variety store, drug store) but not a shopping mall! No over priced high rise building please, OEV has enough of those. Retain the facade. Add public rooms for recreation and community involvement.
  • commented 2015-06-09 09:46:32 -0400
    What would you like to see on the old McCormick lands? Multi income housing,organic groceries,neighborhood shops,recreation,meeting places with infrastructure furniture,retaining facade, Dream outside the box!, I would live/play/work here! Complete neighborhoods :-)
  • commented 2015-05-12 23:38:55 -0400
    Residential, multi towards Dundas and single family at the north end to compliment existing neighbourhood. Some commercial at Dundas street level. Would be an exciting anchor to the eastern end of OEV.
  • commented 2015-05-12 22:51:16 -0400
    I would like to see the building converted to multi-unit residential. The area behind should be developed into small scale streets with duplexes or single family homes comparable to those east of Ashland Ave. My family grew up in the Beck/Lady Beck area and know it to be a charming neighbourhood. Industry is unlikely to come back to the area so converting to residential is a logical next step. There are other under-utilized properties in the area that would attract neighbourhood amenities once the number of residents has increased.
  • commented 2015-05-12 22:00:43 -0400
    A grocery store, or community/aquatic centre like Theresa suggested would be great! Hopefully they can save the green space at the back like others suggested.
  • commented 2015-05-12 21:51:14 -0400
    I would like to see either a senior’s home or public aquatic/community center that included green space and park.
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  • commented 2015-05-12 21:45:42 -0400
    I agree with exactly what Stacey Meyerink is saying about the back of the building. Would be great to have stores and/or restaurants facing Dundas in the front. Thanks Jessie. I live on Osborne, so whatever happens there, like Stacey, also will effect my day to living.
  • commented 2015-05-12 21:24:20 -0400
    I live on McCormick Blvd and would like to see the original terra cotta building used for living space or offices, as it’s unique. The back can be removed and would love to see more small houses built like the rest of the area. The park on the hill could be saved. Possibly space for community gardens as well. Thank you for involving us.
  • commented 2014-10-23 00:29:31 -0400
    I agree – a retirement home should be the way to go but I think whatever use is decided for the land, we should at the least incorporate the front facing facade. If not the original structure, perhaps a replica, much the same as the arena downtown with the hotel ques . The building and the people that worked there were an important part of London’s history in manufacturing, we should preserve what we can.
  • commented 2014-10-10 17:36:26 -0400
    I think a seniors home should go there, the waiting list to get into a seniors home in this city is outrageous. The baby boomers are getting older and will need some place to stay.