Council will debate 6.5 storey residential apartment on Cawston

More height for apartment

City council will be asked to approve numerous variances, including height, for an apartment building proposed for Cawston Avenue.

If ultimately approved, it would be the second such development within the predominately single-family neighbourhood to get the green light in the last two years.

A previous condo development on Cawston near Gordon Drive was granted an amendment to go to five storeys, despite some trepidation from Coun. Luke Stack who wondered if the neighbourhood was ready for a dramatic increase in height.

The new application is for an apartment building further west at the corner of Cawston and Richter Street.

It would be situated on what are current four single-family lots, two on Cawston and two on Richter. They have been consolidated to accommodate the project.

The developer is seeking four variances, including a height variance from 15 metres to 24 metres and six-and-a-half storeys.

They are also looking to vary the ratio of regular size vehicle parking stalls from 50 per cent required to 29 per cent.

The planning department is recommending council approve the issuance of a development permit for the building's form and character, and support the requested variances.

In terms of height, staff indicate the request is for the eastern-most portion of the development, adding the location is ideal for a mid-size apartment building.

Council will hear the application, and neighbourhood feedback Tuesday evening, July 14.

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