At a “virtual” public meeting on April 12, about 10 citizens showed up to hear about two applications for re-zoning. The first was for land on the southwest corner of Burnham St. and DePalma Dr. – the request was to allow a Medical Clinic to be built there although there are no current plans to do so – it would just make the land more attractive for developers. There were no comments by any of the online public. The second was to allow a new housing and commercial development on the southwest corner of Albert and Division: stores on the ground floor and residences above. Details of the plan buildings were presented and a couple of concerns were expressed: insufficient provision for parking and no tree plantings.
Details of Albert-Division Project
See the two images below
- There will be two buildings – one on Division and the second smaller one on Albert. They will be called Beachwalk Flats.
- On the ground floors, there will be seven commercial units (stores) facing Division and 3 “live/work” units facing Albert
- A laneway (for pedestrians) will separate the buildings and there will be a driveway on the west side leading to 28 parking spots
- The Division Street building will have 14 residential units (Condominiums) on the second and third floors and the Albert St. building will have six.
- The residential units will all be two bedroom units with an average size around 900 sq. ft.
- There will be no elevator – although stairs will be enclosed, the corridors between units will be outdoors.
- There will be a roof top terrace
- Building height will be the same as the existing units immediately to the south.
- The developer is the same company which built the units on Esplanade Drive and the units on Division St. immediately to the south.
- There are no plans for underground parking – some citizens expressed concern that 28 parking spots will not be enough. The Planning department continues to have discussions with the developer on this subject.
- The buildings will be setback from both Albert and Division. This should allow Albert Street to be widened at a future date.
- In response to a question, the developer said that there would be provision for charging for Electric Vehicles although the quantity was yet to be decided.
- Current plans do not include provision for trees to be planted although this is being discussed e.g. a tree could be planted on the Division St. boulevard.
The next step is for Planning to report to Council. A by-law will need to be passed to enact the re-zoning which is required since the current zoning does not permit mixed use.
- Site Plan Package – Drawings – pdf format
- Planning report by Developer
- Report by Planning Department