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Changes to development please council

A proposed four storey, mixed use development received the blessing of City Council Monday after developers made changes to the project suggested by city hall.

The development, at the corner of St. Paul Street and Clement Avenue, first came before council in December, however, council deferred approval over a concern of a lack of residential units and a four stall parking shortfall.

After working with staff, the developer has amended the project to include two fourth floor apartment units.

Urban Land \Use Manager, Ryan Smith, says the addition of the residential units impacted the parking mix by reducing the parking requirement.

"The project now complies with the parking requirements for that zone," says Smith.

"The only variance that remains is a loading bay variance which is fairly typical in the downtown area."

The project will consolidate three single family lots into the one development.

General commercial/retail space will take up the lower level with office space planned for the second and third floors.

"I am really pleased the applicant has come back and taken some of the comments from the last meeting to heart. That is very encouraging," says Councillor Luke Stack in supporting the application.

The project will now go to a Feb 4 public hearing.

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