De­vel­oper has big plans for East City

Ash­burn­ham Realty eyes res­i­den­tial/ com­mer­cial pro­ject on Hunter Street East

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JOELLE KOVACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

A new se­ries of four res­i­den­tial build­ings - apart­ments and town­houses – are be­ing planned for con­struc­tion in 2019 in East City, across from Ash­burn­ham Ale House on Hunter Street E.

The two first will be apart­ment build­ings along Hunter Street. E., said de­vel­oper Paul Ben­nett, on ei­ther side of the Ro­tary Trail.

Each of these will have restau­rants with pa­tios at ground level, he said, with apart­ments above.

Ben­nett said two more build­ings – likely town­house con­do­mini­ums – will be built later, along the west side of the trail to­ward Robinson St.

Ben­nett, pres­i­dent of Ash­burn­ham Realty, owns the va­cant lot to the east of the Ro­tary Trail (across from the Ale House) as well as a nar­row strip of land along the same side of the trail (ex­tend­ing al­most all the way to Robinson Street).

He also owns a prop­erty to the west of the trail - a for­mer law of­fice that he plans to tear down to make way for the build­ing that will flank the trail to the east.

Al­though the trail cur­rently bends to avoid the law of­fice prop­erty, Ben­nett said it will be re­aligned so it runs straight across Hunter Street E.

All the build­ings will be de­signed by ar­chi­tect Michael Gal­lant of the down­town Peter­bor­ough firm Lett Ar­chi­tects.

Ben­nett is also plan­ning to light up that seg­ment of the trail, he said; cur­rently it’s dark at night.

He said the first build­ing, to the east of the Ro­tary Trail and fronting on Hunter Street, will be the largest of the four.

Ben­nett said the six-storey

build­ing will have a restau­rant on the ground floor, a com­mer­cial ten­ant on the sec­ond storey and four storeys of apart­ments above.

He says he al­ready has the com­mer­cial ten­ants, but he didn’t men­tion who they are; he said they want to make the an­nounce­ment.

Ben­nett wants to start con­struc­tion next year on these two build­ings, and later add an­other two fur­ther south along the trail to­ward Robinson Street.

It’s one of three forth­com­ing de­vel­op­ments that Ben­nett has in mind: he’s also plan­ning 100 lux­ury con­dos along Lit­tle Lake, and a build­ing of af­ford­able apart­ments south of down­town.

The lux­ury con­dos are planned for Lake and Cres­cent St.

Ben­nett owns the small yel­low brick apart­ment build­ing at Lake and Cres­cent St., di­ag­o­nally across the street from the Art Gallery of Peter­bor­ough, as well as five more build­ings (all south along Cres­cent St.)

All would be torn down for the high-end de­vel­op­ment.

The pro­posed condo build­ing was also de­signed by Gal­lant, and Ben­nett plans to sub­mit his plans to City Hall for ap­proval soon.

He’s also plan­ning a build­ing of af­ford­able apart­ments for adults at Rink St. and Olive Ave., just south of Mar­ket Plaza.

Over sev­eral years he’s bought three houses on Olive Av­enue and seven on Rink Street with a view to raz­ing them and erect­ing a new af­ford­able apart­ment build­ing, he said.

He's work­ing with a lo­cal hous­ing provider, he said, and plans to re­lease more de­tails soon.

In the mean­time, Ben­nett said he’s look­ing for­ward to cre­at­ing apart­ments in the heart of East City.

He grew up in the neigh­bour­hood, and has long hoped to cre­ate “a lit­tle vil­lage” around the Hunter Street E. shop­ping area.

“East City is re­ally spe­cial to me,” he said.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

A va­cant prop­erty in East City, on Hunter Street E. across from the Ash­burn­ham Ale House, will be the site of a new de­vel­op­ment by Ash­burn­ham Prop­er­ties. The pro­ject will in­clude apart­ments, town­houses and re­tail lo­ca­tions, and will in­volve tear­ing down a build­ing be­side the trail.

Lo­cal de­vel­oper Paul Ben­nett is propos­ing this de­sign for a new apart­ment build­ing in East City, on Hunter Street E. near the trail cross­ing.

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