City Recognizes Seven Local Projects with 2017 Development Awards

The City of Fredericton has recognized seven local development projects at its annual Development Awards held in the Council Chambers.  Awards went to two projects commended for their architectural design, two mixed-density residential developments, and three infill mixed-use commercial / residential projects. 

"It is always a real pleasure for members of City Council to present the year-end development awards,” said Coun. John MacDermid, Chair of the City’s Development Committee.  “Of particular note this year is the focus we are seeing on mixed-use building developments with ground floor commercial and residential on the upper levels, and the orientation of buildings towards the street with an emphasis on a connection to the public realm.   This is a very balanced approach to development in our community and one that fits within the goals outlined in the recently adopted Growth Strategy.  We are grateful to residents, businesses and other sectors for their continued confidence and investment in our city.”

 

Projects Recognized: (category in italics)

703 Queen Street (Beaverbrook Art Gallery). Architectural design. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was recognized with the Mayor’s Award for excellence in architectural design for their addition to the southeast end of the gallery.  The addition, designed by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited out of Halifax, is phase one of a two phase renovation to the building.  The addition contains approximately 345 square metres of new gallery space on the main level, a lower level café, classrooms, artist space, and a sunken outdoor sculpture garden.  The building was designed with a connection to the public realm in mind, and incorporates public access off the trails, the Green and the St. John River. The new addition is truly a gift to the not only the city of Fredericton, but the Province as a whole. 

168 Dundonald Street. Infill development, Mixed-use building. State Street Property Management was recognized for the development on the former Luna Pizza site.  It’s a contemporary designed space that is an excellent example of high quality mixed-use infill development, that contributes positively to the City’s urban form.  The building features ground floor commercial space,  35 apartment units on the ground and upper floors, shared access with the adjacent commercial plaza and parking at the rear of the building, screened from Dundonald Street. 

512 Saint Mary’s Street. Commercial infill, Mixed-use building. This award recognized New View Designs by Laurie Cole Inc., mixed-use building on Saint Mary’s Street.  The development was designed in keeping with the policies of the Two Nations Crossing / Saint Mary’s Street Primary Commercial planning area, and City staff are thrilled with the final result.  The project is an excellent example of the type of development staff are hopeful will set a precedent for the Saint Mary’s Street corridor.  It features three ground floor commercial tenants and four apartment units on the second floor.  The property is also located close to major employment centres and amenities for residents. 

523 Canterbury Drive. Neighbourhood infill, Mixed-use building. JLL Property Development Limited was recognized for their mixed-use building in Skyline Acres that occupies the former Raymonde’s convenience store location.  This new building is located parallel to, and pulled up closer to, Canterbury Drive, optimizing the connection to the public realm.  Pathways connect the front entrances off the ground floor directly to the sidewalk and parking is located to the rear of the building.  The end result is a mixed-use building that integrates well into an existing neighbourhood space and provides amenities for residents in the area. 

778-808 McLeod Avenue. Townhouse design, Mixed-density residential.  AAA Real Estate Corp., , were recognized for the Churchland Park townhouses on the former railyards.  The townhouses are phase two of the mixed-density plan for the subject property; the first phase was a 64-unit apartment building constructed in 2012.  The new building’s simple clean lines and contemporary design tie in perfectly with the existing apartment building, and help to define the streetscape and frontage facing east and north along Queen Square, and the building’s alternating one and a half storey portions of front façade with rear sloping shed roofs create a pleasing visual rhythm along the street.  The now completed development is a very strong example of how well-designed infill buildings can enhance a streetscape and contribute to the neighbourhood feel of an area. 

912 Union Street. Architectural design, Adaptive re-use. Northampton Brewing Company Limited. was recognized in the categories of architectural design and adaptive re-use for their redevelopment of the former Gibson Roundhouse, with the new Picaroons Roundhouse.  The new building was redeveloped from the former industrial site through restoration of the existing structure and a small addition at the southwest corner.  The facility now serves as the main production site for Picaroons, their head office, and a brewtique.  The building faces the public realm on all four sides, creating a clear sense of connection to the surrounding public spaces and as such, has quickly become important destination on the northside.   This redevelopment sets an extremely high precedent in terms of design and connections to the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Bobak Place (West Hills). Mixed-density residential. This award recognized Hill Bros Realty & Investment Ltd. for Bobak Place in West Hills, a mixed-use residential community planned around an 18-hole golf course with pockets of commercial development to serve residents.  The Bobak Place phase, is a mix of semi-detached and single family dwellings, and represents another level of residential density in the greater West Hills development.  Homes are still being constructed, but what has been built to date is of high quality and great potential. 

For more information contact the City’s Community Planning Division at 506-460-2075 or planning@fredericton.ca.