18th Street became one step closer on Monday to getting a shot of 21st century alongside a tip of the cap to the past when an ambitious proposed development by Brandon’s Keller Developments saw second reading at the evening’s City Council meeting.
Located on the East side of the 100 block of 18th Street, a planned new four-storey 10,000+ square foot building would mix two commercial and four residential units on its main level with nine additional residential suites on each of floors 2, 3 and 4.
Three unoccupied houses on adjacent lots between 17th and 18th Streets will initially be demolished to make way for the new residential and commercial units with a fourth home eventually also demolished for parking later on in the development process.
What makes the site particularly unique is the presence of an historic stone fence, constructed more than a century ago and listed as one of just 20 Municipally Designated Historic Sites in Brandon. The developer has worked with the city in the planning process to ensure a plan for protecting and preserving the fence should the project gain necessary approval.
The building’s entrance and main parking access would face 17th street, making use of an existing opening in the fence. A total of 64 on-site parking spaces are included in the plan in order to minimize potential street parking concerns.
Sitting at the intersection of 18th and Princess Ave, the property would serve as a form of gateway to Downtown.
Rendering of proposed development at 18th St and Princess Ave (Myria Design. Subject to change)
Heritage stone wall, which runs on the 17th Street and Princess Ave sides of the proposed development site
The project must attain 3rd reading at an upcoming council meeting and Keller would enter into a development agreement with the city to proceed. If all goes according to plan, construction of up to 15 months could begin in the fall.
There have been a handful of examples in recent years of developers moving mountains in an effort to develop on coveted but in short-supply land on or within sight of the city’s busy 18th street. Most recently a location for TD Bank was established at the intersection of 18th and Brandon Ave at a previous gas station site. Soon a new Holiday Inn Express hotel will open at a 19th Street-facing location across from the Keystone Centre.
Keller Developments will soon celebrate ten years in business specializing in multi-residential and commercial developments. The company just this past spring announced a merger with Westman Premier Homes and Premier Commercial Builders with the trio calling 340 Park Ave East home.
Photo: Myria Design