Smiths Falls Council discusses redevelopment of former water-treatment plant site
A condo at the former water treatment plant in Smiths Falls would have to be seven stories tall to successfully recover from the heightened cost of rural construction.
At Monday’s Committee of the Whole, Smiths Falls council explored a theoretical concept for three residential buildings at the former water treatment plant. The central building would be a seven-storey condo with first-floor commercial space.
Developer Bruce Linton explained that if the condo were only six floors, the price per unit would be too expensive to be attractive. On the other hand, a nine-storey condo would offset expenses and keep unit price low, at the cost of being a “monstrosity” that would tower over the downtown core.
Linton admitted the difficulties of combining aesthetics and functionality with cost-effectiveness, but he also told councillors he is not ready to give up on the project.
He said, what was once intended to be an office tower, and then a hotel, deserves to be a beautiful addition to the town that would attract remote workers while being functional and visually appealing for the residents of Smiths Falls.