Mckinnon Park – Phase 1

About This Project

McKinnon Park is a large-scale redevelopment of the land once home to the St. Catharines General Motors factory. The site is in a fantastic location, featuring fantastic local schools, a 15-minute walk to the downtown core, and numerous retail outlets in close proximity. 

The owner approached Better Neighbourhoods to design the site’s master plan and act as an ongoing project manager throughout the development process. 

Featured above is Phase 1 of the McKinnon Park project, located on the grounds of the employee parking lot across from Alex McKenzie Park. On this 3-acre parcel of land, the design dictates a 37-unit development of detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings and a 6-unit apartment building. This site utilizes a rear lane, decentralizing large garages from the house design. It also dramatically increases the area’s walkability, allowing the Thomas Street sidewalk to be unobstructed from vehicle traffic.  

The neighbourhood is designed to be diverse, walkable, and cohesive with existing homes on Thomas Street and the surrounding Haig neighbourhood. 

The Master Plan for McKinnon Park features a diversity of housing types, including single-detached homes, row townhouses, high-density apartments, mixed-use commercial, and adaptive reuse of historically significant site features. Traditional Neighbourhood Development and New Urbanist principles were at the forefront of conversation throughout the design process.

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