DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: After sitting abandoned for the past five years, a group is resurrecting plans for a modern, energy efficient office building in downtown Uxbridge, at the corner of Victoria Dr. and Brock St.
The group responsible for bringing the redesigned project back to Uxbridge made a brief presentation and unveiled their designs to Council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Nov. 2.
The four-storey building was designed using the existing foundation, and will feature several modern features, including a rooftop cafeteria/restaurant, as well as a glass cone feature in front that will contain a panoramic elevator.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger was particularly impressed with the design feature of the glass elevator and its link to the site’s history as the former location of the Uxbridge Co-op.
“It gives me a really good feeling to look at it. It looks a lot like a silo and it’ll remind a lot of people of the old Co-op’s silo at that site,” commented Councillor Ballinger.
The initial plans call for commercial space totaling over 9,000 square feet on the ground floor and three stories of office space above.
“We wanted to create a strong image for the entrance to the Uxbridge town centre,” explained Magid Youssef, an architect for the project. “We’ve also made a commitment to being environmentally friendly and conscious and will be looking at alternative energy solutions such as geothermal heating for the building.”
The project will still need final approval from the township’s planning department before moving forward, and a site plan was submitted to the township last week.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor added that since the building is using the existing foundation that some of the process has already been satisfied, and noted that she is looking forward to the project.
“This looks very impressive and I can’t wait to see this hole filled in, and to be able to use the existing footprint is great.”
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