Option 3 - Northerly Community Centre
• Community Centre is proposed to be centrally-located in this concept, just north of the parking garage.
• Access could potentially be from the new public street to the north with a drop-off from Allan Street. This driveway also serves to provide access to the parking garage.
• The park is prominently located along Reynolds frontage while a residential layout is proposed east of the former highschool, similar to Option 2.
• 36 single-detached lots
• 29 townhouse lots
• Density: 24.7 units per hectare (uph)
• Park: 0.41 ha (1 acre)
My comment is valid for all three options for sadly, I don’t think we’re achieving anything spectacular with that space. All these bits and pieces feel disunited and seem to have been thrown like dice on a board game to please all the stakeholders. Everything look disconnected with the paths and green space, an afterthought.
The park space proposed is puny to the point of being ridiculous. Surely the town doesn’t need more tax dollars from more housing? Why do we need to build more, and there?
We have an opportunity to create a long lasting vision with this space, for generations to come. Rarely do we come across an opportunity to create a true community space, in the middle of a built-up town. Let’s do this right.
I can think of a dozen space usages within an urban park for all to enjoy. Think Central Park or Bryant Park in New York. Closer to home, Mount Royal in Montreal, Stanley Park in Vancouver or High Park in Toronto. What these parks share in common is that they are a destination, they serve multi-purposes for all generation throughout the year, people just go there to hang out and they’re the pride of their city. Imagine Oakville, the most livable town, with an amazing, functional urban park that’s bigger than 0.78/1.39/1.0 acres. Imagine that! What do you want to see in an urban park for Oakville?
Disappointed to see so many townhomes in all of the options...multi level townhomes do not support keeping the elderly, long term Oakville residents in the neighbourhood....can we not do some "California bungalows" to keep our neighbourhoods age diverse - with a floorplan all on one level and small garden? Plus, I think the narrow square footage front of all townhomes is not appropriate for the area....
I like 3rd option. Looks like more if a community set up. A nice mix, good size park, nice flow of traffic
Another design focused on keeping the super rich in South East Oakville happy rather than doing what is best for the whole town. Residents of all of Oakville should not suffer just because the super rich want low density housing. The town needs to maximize the money in gets from development and help all of the whole community.
John Eull commented
I think Option 3 best preserves the character of our neighbourhood. (Traffic to/from the Community Centre is also divided across multiple streets.)
65 housing units? taking up 1/3 of the property? unacceptable. Build up ,not out.
Where are the 1 storey condo units for the aging baby boomers who will be buying here?
multi storey buildings exist at the north and south end of the property, as well as the parking garage, where is the vision?
we don't need more multi million dollar family homes and townhouses, even if that is what the neighbours want.
Option 3 is my preferrred
Suzanne Cayley commented
This is my preferred option - I think that the balance and scale of the single family house and townhouses are reasonable. I like the large green space and it's location mid-way through the site and not positioned at the north end in the former option.
I do question why we must maintain the entire parking garage? Do we have the ability to do a green roof on the top of the garage to allow for garden beds and plantings?
There needs to be a focus on what to do with the former OT building. Perhaps an event space, given we have so much parking it would be able to support something. Or perhaps an event space with a small retail area that could include maybe cooking schools or other food related - it could be our own Farm ( i.e. the parking garage gardens) to table restaurant.
I don't feel it's dense enough. There should be a tower, apartment or condo.