2nd St Strathroy apartment approved

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A three-storey, 48-rental-unit apartment building can go ahead after council unanimously approved rezoning of 392 Second Street across from the high schools.

Coun. John Brennan was absent from the April 19 meeting.

Residents had made their concerns about the building’s compatibility with the area at a public meeting March 7. A single house currently sits on the property.

The plan also calls for 65 parking spaces. Since last meeting a traffic review was done, though a new traffic study was not possible to be done before the meeting. It used 2019 traffic counts that averaged 6,057 on the feeder street for a growing area of town.

Senior planner Tim Williams explained housing density is planned to grow higher as more construction is done closer to the corner with Adair Blvd.

“In terms of the density, this is what we were thinking,” Williams told council.

“I think it’s a great start because it’s in-filling, and the fact it’s affordable housing with apartments and it’s the kind of diverse housing we need,” said Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden.

“Just remember sidewalks. I know there are sidewalks on the other side of the street but because this is a busy road, I believe we need sidewalks on both sides and that has to be worked into each one of these plans as we go,” she added.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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