Colborne Point Opportunity

As the heart of our community, the City of Brantford recognizes how important a well-developed and cohesive downtown is to the overall health and vitality of a city. Brantford City Council has expressed a commitment to building on and expanding revitalization efforts in the City’s downtown core, including working with organizations such as Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College, the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, and the Board of the Downtown Business Improvement Area (to name a few), to continually improve the architecture, streetscape and design of downtown Brantford.

The Opportunity

The City of Brantford invites expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the lands informally known as “Colborne Point” located on the south side of Colborne Street adjacent to the architecturally significant Laurier/YMCA athletic facility. The City is seeking developers with a proven track record of delivering outstanding, architecturally significant developments and a willingness to demonstrate creativity on a project that has the potential to bring significant benefits to both the proponent and the community.

About the site

Recognized as a key development site and gateway to the downtown, the corner of Colborne Street/Icomm Drive is a vital part of the revitalization of the City’s downtown. The prominence of the site as well as the views afforded of the river suggests that the development be of high quality architecturally. Extending along Icomm Drive with heights ranging from 4 to possibly well over 7 stories, the primary use of the site is anticipated to be mixed use commercial and residential. Ground floor uses along Colborne Street would ideally include restaurants, cafes and retail uses. Parking is to be incorporated at the ground floor level along Icomm Drive and not extend beyond the edges of the building footprints.

Colborne Point Artist's Concept

Expressions of Interest

The City is currently seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) development proposals that:

  • Make the best use of the site in terms of diversity of use and intensification;
  • Advance the goals and objectives of the City of Brantford Official Plan, specifically, the Urban Growth Area; the Urban Design Guidelines, and the Downtown Master Plan; and
  • Contribute to the unique creation of a mixed-use area that is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding district.

Please visit the City’s Bids and Tenders page for more information regarding the EOI submission process.

Thank you for your interest in this exciting endeavour.