There were no objections at the Public meeting on Monday to the proposed minor rezoning required for a proposed new Strip Plaza on Mall property. The developer is Trinity Development group with design by MHBC – both were represented at the meeting. The new building would be at the corner adjacent to the Strathy road lights with its rear boundary on Elgin Street. There will be provision for a banking institution, a drive through restaurant and four other retail stores. The Developer is describing the space for a bank in neutral terms but the zoning at the mall allows only one “financial Institution” and since the Bank of Nova Scotia is currently in the Mall, while that is there, no other bank can occupy the new space.
So the three options are 1) the Scotia Bank moves to the new space or 2) the Scotia Bank shuts down its Mall location and another bank opens in the new space or 3) the new space remains empty. The Bank has told the developer that they are not moving – that’s their public official position. Decide for yourself what’s likely.
At right are Ali Premji (at left) from Trinity Development and Eldon Theodore (at right) from MHBC. They presented their case to Council and that was followed by the analysis by Desta McAdam from the Town’s Planning Department (see link below).
When asked, Planning Director Glen McGlashon said there were no other plans for the Mall currently under consideration by his Department and the developers gave no dates but said that plans would be “coming soon”. Separately, I heard that Metro wants to either expand or move out. If they expand, they would want the space currently occupied by the bank. Since the Mall changed hands, there has been considerable speculation on its future with most bets on it including Condos with some retail space remaining.
At the following Committee of the whole, Council voted to approve the re-zoning and the required by-law is expected to be presented for approval at the regular Council meeting on December 2.
Below is a plan “drawing” “traced” from that provided by Planning at the meeting. See the Planning report for views of what the development will look like (near the end of the document).
- Report by Desta McAdam – Senior Planner
- Petition to Keep the Mall – 25 March 2019
- Major Upgrades Planned for Mall – 28 August 2018
- Mall Management Trinity Equity Group
- Owner Timbercreek
Addendum 5 December 2019
At the regular Council meeting on 2 December 2019, the Bylaw to implement the rezoning was approved.