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.

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    Survey: New central library functional plan

    Survey purpose:

    Building on the work previously commissioned by the Guelph Public Library (GPL), we need your help to ensure that the new central library will be able to provide the programs and services that will meet the needs of the community today and into 2040.

    The following survey will take about three to five minutes to complete. Your feedback will be added to the input received to date and will be used to inform the final building program and functional plan that will serve as the blueprint for the design of the new central library.

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    Survey purpose:

    Building on the work previously commissioned by the Guelph Public Library (GPL), we need your help to ensure that the new central library will be able to provide the programs and services that will meet the needs of the community today and into 2040.

    The following survey will take about three to five minutes to complete. Your feedback will be added to the input received to date and will be used to inform the final building program and functional plan that will serve as the blueprint for the design of the new central library.

    This survey will be open for feedback until March 3, 2019.

    Personal information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of MFIPPA.  Personal information on this survey will be used to inform the redevelopment of the Baker District and new central library in downtown Guelph. If you have questions about this collection; use, and disclosure of this information, contact the City of Guelph’s Information and Access Coordinator at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or by email at  privacy@guelph.ca

    Background:

    In 2011, the GPL commissioned a consultant team to develop a building program and functional plan to serve as the blueprint for a future central library integrated within the larger Baker District redevelopment. This work included 12 months of public consultations, studies, and planning work. A key outcome of the report was to determine the desired library components and projected space needs of a high-performance 21st century library.

    In 2017, GPL commissioned an update of the 2012 building program and functional plan in order to revisit previous recommendations for the building size and to consider alternate locations. The updated report affirmed Baker District as the preferred location for a new central library.

    In 2018, GPL commissioned KPMG to prepare a business case for a new central library as part of the Baker District redevelopment. The business case determined that the size of the new central library should be 88,000 square feet to accommodate a future Guelph population of 185,000.

    On February 13, 2018, Guelph City Council endorsed the size and cost of the new central library and provided the funding necessary to undertake the preliminary library design as part of the Baker District.

    On July 17, 2018, Guelph City Council endorsed Windmill Development Group as the preferred partner to lead the planning, design and development for the Baker District project.


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    Survey: Sustainability vision and goals for Baker District redevelopment

    Earlier this month, the City of Guelph, along with Windmill Development Group and Invizij Architects Inc., hosted two drop-in public workshops at River Run Centre. 

    Input from the public was gathered to inform the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment project.

    If you were unable to attend the January 15 workshops we would love to hear from you now. Provide feedback about the new central library by selecting the Your Comments tab above. You can also provide feedback about the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment by completing the survey. There are

    Earlier this month, the City of Guelph, along with Windmill Development Group and Invizij Architects Inc., hosted two drop-in public workshops at River Run Centre. 

    Input from the public was gathered to inform the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment project.

    If you were unable to attend the January 15 workshops we would love to hear from you now. Provide feedback about the new central library by selecting the Your Comments tab above. You can also provide feedback about the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment by completing the survey. There are 10 sections in this survey; one for each of the One Planet Living development principles. 

    The survey below will take about 15 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be added to the input received to date and will be used to inform the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment project.


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