(from Councillor McHattie)
In August (2012), the owner met with City staff in August (2012) as part of the Formal Consultation Process.
He is proposing to redevelop the existing vacant commercial building to a multi-residential building (luxury rental apartments) by adding 1-2 storeys to the existing building. This can be done under the existing zoning, with some variances and a Site Plan application.
He is also considering a commercial use on the ground floor, such as a daycare and spa or gym. A Zoning By-law Amendment and a Site Plan application would be required.
Note that no plans have been submitted to the City at this time.
In the meantime, the Building Department has issued a demolition permit for some of the back buildings on the site and to remove the roof off the main building which he would need to do to add the 1-2 stories on top.
We know that there have been many loads of fill dumped in the back of the building. Municipal Law Enforcement has been monitoring these activities. In addition, the contractor has also stockpiled some material required for redevelopment of the building.
Councillor McHattie has asked the owner to hold a public information meeting, but no date has been set yet.