Lower Twelfth and Sharpe Street are designated as a Study Area in the OCP because of the unique mix of uses in both areas. In the future, these areas are envisioned to provide a non-traditional mix of uses including ultra-light industrial, residential, retail and service commercial within individual buildings and projects. Reaching this vision requires the City to develop a Master Plan, including guidelines and a strategy for appropriately transitioning the mix of uses, location of uses and general expected densities in the area. Further, this Master Plan will explore adaptive reuse of existing heritage buildings and the provision of affordable ‘maker spaces’.

Once the Study commences, the City would work closely with property owners and community members through a number of consultation opportunities, such as community meetings. While the City anticipates conducting this study and creating the Master Plan this work has not yet begun, since staff are focused on other Council priority areas. We expect to have further conversations with Council about including this project in a future work plan in 2022. Catalyst projects may be considered in advance of the Master Plan if the project meets the objectives of the area and sets a high standard for design and development patterns. Other catalyst projects in the area that strongly support other City priorities may also be considered.