Baker District redevelopment

The Baker District redevelopment is a City of Guelph development project aimed at transforming the existing parking lot and properties fronting the north end of Wyndham Street into a unique mixed-use development.

The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions the Baker District redevelopment becoming a model of urban intensification that drives visitors to the downtown and encourages business to thrive within its boundaries by combining residential and commercial spaces.

The City has explored concepts for the site, formally endorsing the 2009 concept and 2014 concept.

The redevelopment will include:

  • New central library (Guelph Public Library)
  • Residential
  • Commercial/institutional
  • Public parking
  • Urban square

Windmill Development Group is leading the planning, design and development for the Baker District project. The development team, led by Windmill, includes Diamond Schmidt Architects, DTAH, and Urban Equation Corporation. The companies, who have successfully worked together before, are working closely with the City and Guelph Public Library to arrive at a final plan for the development.

The Baker District redevelopment project is being developed as a One Planet Living community.

Have your say

As we move forward, there will be more opportunities for the community to participate in the development of the Baker District, both through the Guelph Public Library as it develops the new library space and programming, and the City as the Baker District design concepts are developed and refined.

Opportunities for engagement will be shared with the community via our social media channels, online, and in the City News pages of the Guelph Mercury Tribune.

The Baker District redevelopment is a City of Guelph development project aimed at transforming the existing parking lot and properties fronting the north end of Wyndham Street into a unique mixed-use development.

The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions the Baker District redevelopment becoming a model of urban intensification that drives visitors to the downtown and encourages business to thrive within its boundaries by combining residential and commercial spaces.

The City has explored concepts for the site, formally endorsing the 2009 concept and 2014 concept.

The redevelopment will include:

  • New central library (Guelph Public Library)
  • Residential
  • Commercial/institutional
  • Public parking
  • Urban square

Windmill Development Group is leading the planning, design and development for the Baker District project. The development team, led by Windmill, includes Diamond Schmidt Architects, DTAH, and Urban Equation Corporation. The companies, who have successfully worked together before, are working closely with the City and Guelph Public Library to arrive at a final plan for the development.

The Baker District redevelopment project is being developed as a One Planet Living community.

Have your say

As we move forward, there will be more opportunities for the community to participate in the development of the Baker District, both through the Guelph Public Library as it develops the new library space and programming, and the City as the Baker District design concepts are developed and refined.

Opportunities for engagement will be shared with the community via our social media channels, online, and in the City News pages of the Guelph Mercury Tribune.

We would like to hear from you. 

View the November 29, 2018 Baker District Open House presentation. Also have a look at the FAQ section on the right side of your screen. 

What do you want to know more about the Baker District redevelopment including the new central library, residential, commercial and institutional spaces, parking and an urban square? 

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  • Given that: - vacancy rates are very low and demand for affordable smaller units is high - lack of primary rental supply makes finding affordable rental units difficult - secondary rental market is not as secure as primary - the CMHC National Housing Strategy provides access to $40 billion over the next 10 years and some of those funds are specifically aimed at new construction of affordable rental capacity I would strongly urge the residential component of the Baker District Development to make all possible efforts to secure as much funding from the National Housing Strategy as possible.

    kevinbowman asked 16 days ago

    Windmill is committed to providing homes for a range of incomes with a goal of providing 12% of the suites as affordable. 

    Windmill will work with the City and other service providers in the affordable housing community to determine the final affordability component within the development. 

    The City and Windmill will work collectively to explore, and apply for, any financial assistance that will support the viability of the affordable housing component of the development, including those provided by CHMC.

  • I went to the open house at the River Run the other evening, and a couple of questions have come to me since: What about wind tunnels? Has this issue been taken into consideration in the developers plan? And will the walkways that are planned receive sunshine? Or will they be permanently shaded by the buildings around them?

    Kris asked 11 days ago

    The Baker District will be designed to maximize comfort both in and outside of buildings. In early 2019, the consulting team will perform climate analysis (including wind, sunlight and shading studies) to optimize building and site design.


  • Will the development include a bikeable/ walkable pathway throughtout? And will the pathway be connected safely to the streets so that users will bike or walk to this destination?

    mike asked 17 days ago

    While the specific pathways have yet to be designed, the Baker District will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists. More to come as the design evolves!


  • Hello, I was unavailable to attend the full presentation of the Baker St redevelopment on Nov 29th, but was able to look at several panels and talk to one of the architects at the end of the session. So far I am very impressed - it would be great to see similar efforts made for the Clair Maltby Secondary Plan. Just curious - is there a video or audio of the presentation from Nov 29? Or will a slide show from the presentation be made available to the public?

    BryanM asked 16 days ago

    Thank you for attending the Open House on November 29th and for your affirming comments. 

    While we do not have a video of the presentation, we have posted a copy of the presentation in the "Document Library" section. 

    For your convenience, you can download the presentation by visiting the following link: 

    https://www.haveyoursay.guelph.ca/6882/documents/12862

  • Is there any consideration of either University of Guelph or Conestoga college using the institutional space?

    BrianO asked 24 days ago

    Windmill is in the process of formalizing its partnerships on the institutional space and we have given serious consideration to both University of Guelph and Conestoga College.

    Windmill understands the strong synergies a post secondary institution would bring to both the project and the broader Guelph community. 

    Windmill is committed to invigorating Downtown Guelph by finding a complimentary user(s) for the space.