With the fourth building in Phase I of the Water Street Residences complete, Phase II – the fifth building in the Water Street Residence plan – is now underway. London Property Corp. (Residence Development Corporation) recently named the block of student residences Campus Heights.
LOCATION OF PHASE II RESIDENCES
As part of the official Endowment Lands Plan, the location for Phase II of the Water Street residences will be at 1633 Water Street, south of the lights at Nassau Mills Road on the west side of Water Street. Please see Site A, circled on the attached map, just south of the wetland. (The four buildings associated with Phase I can also be seen on the map, just north Nassau Mills Road and Water Street.)
CHANGES TO THE PLAN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Those familiar with previous plans will note there is no longer a building indicated at Site B on the map. Through an environmental assessment, it was noted that Site B was the site of sensitive wetlands. Through consultations with ORCA, the University worked with the developer to limit the Phase II development to Site A, in order to protect the diversity of species dependent upon the wetland habitat. Previously a six acre development, the London Property Corp. Phase II development is now two acres.
DETAILS OF THE PHASE II BUILDING DESIGN AND STRUCTURE
- The Phase II development at Site A will be designed in the attractive “Georgian” style architecture of buildings one and three in Phase I.
- The Phase II building will comprise 36, three-bedroom apartments, with two bathrooms each, able to accommodate up to 180 students.
- As with Phase I, the Phase II building will be built in accordance with municipal agreements, under proper supervision of London Property Corp.’s architects and landscape architects, and subject to regulation, supervision, control and inspection of the University.
Due to demand from first-year students and their parents for residences close to campus, Phase II will comprise a mix of first-year and upper-year students. The combination of first-year and upper-year students with programming by residence life staff, and dons living on-site, will provide the oversight and mentoring for a positive residential experience. First-year students in the Phase II Water Street Residence will be affiliated with Champlain College, as part of the Champlain College Annex and will participate in college programming and utilize college services at Champlain College.
OTHER RECENT ENDOWMENT LAND DEVELOPMENTS
The Endowment Lands Plan, approved by the Trent University Board of Governors, outlined the development of several parcels of land. The following are developments to date:
Sale of Parcel 2B
The University confirmed in July that the final sale for the property at Woodland Acres and Highway 28 (known as 2B) is complete. Future plans for potential retail and professional space are in the hands of the developer.
Expression of Interest: Arena
In spring 2014, Trent University submitted an expression of interest to the City of Peterborough to be included as one of several other sites being considered for the City’s new twin-pad arena.
Future Ball Diamonds
The City of Peterborough has expressed interest in developing baseball diamonds in the north end of Peterborough on Trent University’s endowment lands. The site immediately north of Pioneer Road at East Bank Drive is currently the preferred site. Trent and the City are discussing next steps.