New Buildings Would Replace the Former Hudson’s Building on Dundas Street in London

March 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

The latest housing and commercial project slated for Old East London is “a home run” for revitalization of the area, says its ward councillor. Along with other new housing projects on Dundas and Lyle streets, the redevelopment of the old Hudson’s store, a longtime commercial landmark, is just what the area needs, Steve Orser said. “What we are seeing is the actual revitalization of east London.”

The project at 637 Dundas St. E., consists of two buildings. Plans call for a three-storey building on Dundas and a nine-storey building behind it that will front on Marshall St. The Dundas St. building will have street-level shops. Overall, there will be 72 residential units, including some affordable units geared to seniors.

The plan by a numbered Ontario company goes to planning committee at city hall Monday where it is expected to win approval. The plan would then go to full council for approval. The large three-storey building on the site housed the Hudson’s store for decades. It closed in 1984 and was revamped and relaunched as Centretown Mall. For years it has been vacant.

Coun. Joni Baechler, chairperson of the planning committee, said the important aspect of the latest project is it shows “investors have a sense of confidence in the Old East Village area” east of Adelaide St. along Dundas St. She said some “minor tweaking” of the plan was needed and she expects a zoning change to make way for the development will sail through planning committee.

City hall has made a concerted effort to revive the area that has seen hard times in recent decades and a misguided move that saw Dundas realigned into an S curve to lure visitors. That costly move was undone years later to improve traffic flow and parking.

Ground has been broken for a 100-unit condominium project and for a 600-unit apartment building in the same area in recent months.

As in downtown, incentives relating to parking and development charges have been used by the city in a bid to bring residents to the area. In turn, city hall and local organizations hope the newcomers will bring back the area’s one-vibrant commercial vitality.


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