Developer considering converting former John Deere Welland site into housing
The former John Deere site in Welland could one day be transformed into housing.
Mayor Frank Campion is hopeful, telling CKTB's Matt Holmes the option is on the table and staff are compiling reports regarding the brownfield site.
"It's a massive project. There's a lot of land there that needs to be remediated if we are going to go to residential. So it's a lot, a lot of work."
The developer who owns the site is currently investigating what it would take to remediate the land.
Meanwhile some neighbours in the area are speaking up against the idea. When asked about the opposition, Campion responded, "People get accustomed to, you know, there's no traffic, no trucks, no noise, no emissions. It's kind of a pleasant situation. But these are privately held properties and obviously they buy them so they can make money on them. And it's our job as a council to make sure whatever that use is is compatible as possible with the surrounding area."
The Welland Tribune reports the potential housing option could contain just over 980 units including some of the surrounding areas also owned by the developer.