COLBORNE POINT REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST PRIME RIVER-VIEW REAL ESTATE IN THE HEART OF BRANTFORD JANUARY 2021 - City of Brantford

 
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COLBORNE POINT REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST PRIME RIVER-VIEW REAL ESTATE IN THE HEART OF BRANTFORD JANUARY 2021 - City of Brantford
COLBORNE POINT
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS
OF INTEREST
PRIME RIVER-VIEW REAL ESTATE IN
THE HEART OF BRANTFORD
JANUARY 2021

                              DOWNTOWN
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                              THE OPPORTUNITY

The City of Brantford (“City”), in coordination with its Economic Development Division, invites
expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the lands informally known
as the Colborne Point Lands (“Subject Land”) located on the south side of Colborne Street
adjacent to the architecturally significant Laurier/YMCA athletic facility. The City is seeking
developers with a proven track record of delivering outstanding, architecturally significant
developments and a willingness to demonstrate creativity on a project that has the potential
to bring significant benefits to the community. This Expression of Interest (EOI) seeks
development proposals that:

   1. Make the best use of the site in terms of diversity of use and intensification;
   2. Advance the goals and objectives of the City of Brantford Official Plan, specifically, the
      Urban Growth Area; the Urban Design Guidelines, and the Downtown Master Plan; and
   3. Contribute to the creation of a mixed-use area that is seamlessly integrated into the
      surrounding district.

Through the RFEOI process, the City hopes to attract qualified developers who are willing to
work with the City’s vision for these lands and realize the full potential of this incredible, river-
view gateway site, leaving a legacy for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

FIG. 1: COLBORNE POINT - ARTIST’S CONCEPT
Source: SGL Planning & Design Inc., City of Brantford Official Plan (anticipated 2021)
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FIG. 2: COLBORNE POINT - ARTIST’S CONCEPT
Source: Urban Strategies Inc., Master Plan for Downtown Brantford, 2008

FIG. 3: COLBORNE POINT - DESIGN GUIDE
Source: Urban Strategies Inc., Master Plan for Downtown Brantford, 2008

FIG. 4: COLBORNE POINT - REGISTERED PLAN
Source: City of Brantford, 2020
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                              COLBORNE POINT

Recognized as a key development site and gateway to the downtown, the corner of Colborne
Street/Icomm Drive is a vital part of the revitalization of Downtown. The prominence of the
site as well as the views afforded of the river suggests that the development be high quality
architecturally and of significant height. Residential is the primary use of the site as it extends
along Icomm Drive with heights ranging from 4 to possibly well over 7. Ground floor uses
along Colborne Street would ideally include restaurants, cafes and retail uses. Parking is to be
incorporated at the ground floor level along Icomm Drive and not extend beyond the edges of
the building footprints.

   • Residential is the primary use of the site with ground floor uses along Colborne Street,
     ideally including restaurants, cafes and retail uses.
   • Windows are to dominate the ground floor facade along Colborne Street.
   • Public realm, including a gateway plaza at the intersection of Colborne St./Brant Ave./
     Icomm Dr. to be of high quality and include a publicly commissioned art piece.
   • Setbacks from street edge are to be sufficient to permit planting and adequate growth of
     street trees.
   • Parking is to be discretely located and ideally would be incorporated at the ground floor
     level along Icomm Drive and not extend beyond the edges of the building footprints

FIG. 5: COLBORNE POINT - DESIGN GUIDE
Source: Urban Strategies Inc., Master Plan for Downtown Brantford, 2008
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                                        DOWNTOWN
                                        BRANTFORD

                                                 At the heart of every growing community is a prosperous
     BUSINESSES (2019*)                          downtown. As a result of revitalization efforts since

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                                                 1999, Downtown Brantford has been significantly
                                                 transformed, serving as a model for other municipalities.
                                                 This transformation has contributed to Brantford being
                                                 recognized as one of 25 “urban growth centres” in
                                                 the Province of Ontario. Money Sense Magazine also
                                                 recognized Brantford and area as the one of the best
        WORKERS (2019*)                          places to buy real estate in Canada for 6 years running.

4,530                                            The expansion of major academic institutions also helped
                                                 to inject new life into the downtown core. Transformative
                                                 projects such as the new state of the art Laurier Brantford
                                                 YMCA Athletic and Recreation Centre, the redesigned
        STUDENTS (2019*)                         Brantford Public Library, and the city’s year round

4,200
                                                 gathering place for profile events, Harmony Square,
                                                 continue to redefine the Downtown.

                                                 More residents and businesses relocate Downtown
                                                 every year. This growth fuels the success of many new
                                                 and expanding businesses. Along with a changing
        RESIDENTS (2016**)                       demographic and continued investment, Brantford’s

2,600
                                                 dramatically improved downtown offers unique
                                                 opportunities for businesses.

                                                 With education as a key driver, Downtown Brantford
                                                 has attracted strategic investment from post-secondary
                                                 institutions, the business community, and other regional
* Source: City of Brantford, 2019                partners. Engaged and supported by the City of
                                                 Brantford, the Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford Campus
** Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 (represents
non-student residents)                           opened its doors with 39 students in September 1999.
                                                 Today enrollment has grown to over 3,100 local students.
                                                 Our strategic partnerships also include Conestoga
                                                 College and McMaster University. In the next
                                                 10 years, post-secondary institutions’
                                                 enrollment in Brantford is
                                                 expected to grow
                                                 significantly.
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