Building Magazine


New “urban village” being built in downtown Guelph

Fusion Homes has unveiled The Metalworks, a new urban village in downtown Guelph that is aiming to reflect the town’s tradition of industry. The nearly $300 million, 8-acre, 5-phase master-planned development is located at 5 Arthur Street South, this area once housed a grist mill, a distillery, and foundries. The architecture of the original heritage buildings will be adapted into the architecture of modern condos and townhomes.

The 600-plus units at this transit-friendly, environmentally sensitive urban village will go on sale this fall, and will be built over a 5-10 year horizon. Outstanding features of this new community include: the revitalization of the former industrial lands owned by W.C. Wood Company Limited, a freezer manufacturer, to create a vibrant new live/work downtown destination; over 100,000 square feet of the site dedicated to new green space; a 50 foot wide river walk enhancing connectivity to the Speed River; and a proposed 30,000 square feet of retail/commercial space. Phase 1 will be comprised of 133 residences with 2,500 square feet of inspired indoor residential amenities.

“As we embark on the latest chapter of our history in Guelph and for 5 Arthur Street, we consider the successes, the feats, and the defining acts that have taken place on the soils of 5 Arthur Street. An authentic Guelph was grown here and defined here. And now, we reimagine and redefine this site and this city again. Consider the juxtaposition of old and new, history and future, tradition and innovation, vision and regard; we are poised to infuse the synergies of each into this community creating a landmark that all of Guelph can enjoy. This is our local, authentic downtown Guelph,” says president Lee Piccoli.

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