Frequently Asked Questions

Reimagining Plant No. 2

What is Plant No. 2 used for today?

The existing buildings on the 9.5-acre site are mostly used for warehousing as well as being the interim hub for The SEED and Food4Kids Guelph. Over the years, the site has provided temporary space for community agencies including the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Day Clinic, the annual Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington Adopt-A-Family program, and the Friends of the Guelph Public Library annual book sale.

What uses does the City’s Official Plan permit on the site?

Plant No. 2 is covered by the Official Plan’s Downtown Secondary Plan, which was originally adopted in 2012 with the intent of promoting residential and employment growth Downtown in ways that are compatible with historic buildings and established neighbourhoods. The Secondary Plan currently permits primarily residential uses on the site with heights of four to 10 storeys in the centre and two to four storeys on the perimeter. Some small-scale commercial uses are also permitted. In addition, the plan calls for a public park adjacent to Sacred Heart School and the introduction of new streets or other connections through the site for pedestrians, cyclists and potentially vehicles.

What does Wood Development Group want to build on the site?

Wood Development Group sees an opportunity to accommodate diverse forms of housing on the site but also to provide a range of amenities for the larger community, including a park, other open spaces, pathways and potentially other community services. Wood Development Group wants to hear from the community before coming forward with a detailed proposal.

How are you going to deal with the railway running through the middle of the site?

Future habitable buildings will need to be set back at least 15 metres from the Guelph Junction Railway property for safety reasons. However, given the low frequency and low speeds of trains using the railway, the setbacks create an opportunity for landscaped open space that will be an amenity for residents of the site and the larger community. In addition, the redevelopment will plan for the extension of the City’s multi-use trail further into the neighbourhood.

Is the site contaminated, and if so, will it be cleaned up prior to redevelopment?

Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments have been undertaken for the property which have confirmed that while the site doesn’t have major issues, the whole of the property will need mitigation and risk-mitigation measures. This is typical of older industrial properties and particularly for properties in The Ward area of Guelph.

Finalization of the studies and of the mitigation measures will be coordinated with the emerging development plan and submitted for approval as the project progresses. The sites will need to achieve Record of Site Condition prior to building projects commencing.

What’s going to happen to the old factory building on Huron Street?

There is an old three-storey concrete structure contained within the existing factory – you can see it best from Huron Street. This was originally built and extended during the 1910s and 1920s by the Partridge Rubber Co., though it had many other tenants over the years. This feature is the part of the existing site which will be retained and adaptively reused within the new development. This presents the opportunity to bring back a part of the Ward’s industrial history and act as a unique anchor to the project.

How will the traffic generated by future development be managed?

The planning process will explore the best ways to configure the new development to minimize traffic impacts on local streets. The development will be designed to encourage walking and cycling, and it’s expected many people will choose to live on the site because of its proximity to Downtown and Guelph Central Station. While redevelopment will result in some additional traffic, removing the existing industrial operations will also reduce the flow of large transport trucks and other commercial vehicles in the neighbourhood.

How can I share my views on the plans for future development?

Plan to attend one of the community meetings that will take place as plans for the site take shape over the coming months.

An online survey to gather input will also be launched that day. You can submit questions and comments anytime to plant2@wooddevelopment.ca. Once planning applications have been submitted, you will have additional opportunities to share your views with City staff and Council.

When is construction expected to start?

If all goes well, the initial redevelopment of the site and renewal of underlying infrastructure could start as early as 2027.