City committee backs developer's bid for $350K brownfield grant for Westboro site

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The city’s finance and economic development committee has endorsed a developer’s request for a brownfield grant of up to $352,000 to clean up the site of a proposed 25-storey mixed-use tower on a vacant Westboro lot.

Azure Urban Developments has filed plans with the city to construct an apartment tower on an empty lot on the south side of Scott Street between Winona Avenue and Churchill Avenue North. 

The builder originally planned to build a 23-storey tower with 241 units before acquiring additional land at 328 Winona Ave. and revising the proposal to a 25-storey building with 264 apartments and 160 underground parking spaces.

According to a staff report, groundwater on the site has benzene levels that exceed provincial environmental standards. The developer expects the decontamination work to take six months to complete.

Full council will consider the request at its next meeting on June 9.