Council gives green light for proposed Dollarama in Ridgetown

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A familiar Canadian shopping store has received the thumbs up to move into a vacant space on Main Street.

An application for zoning by-law amendment for property located at 20-34 Main Street West in Ridgetown has been approved.

The subject lands are located at the northeast corner of Main Street West and Market Lane in Ridgetown.

The property is approximately 26,848 sq. ft. and contains a 3-unit commercial building. Two of the units are now occupied by LCBO, Shoppers Drug Mart, and the third unit is currently vacant. The application states that it is proposed that a Dollarama will occupy the third vacant unit. This is the past location of Town Variety, and the former Penny’s Restaurant was once located.

The application is required to facilitate new additions to the existing commercial building on the subject lands. The proposed additions will be completed in the following phases:

Phase 1 is an 867 sq. ft. addition to the front of the vacant unit and a 1,337 sq. ft. addition to the rear of the vacant unit.

The second phase is a 1,239 sq. ft. addition to the rear of the middle unit currently occupied by Shoppers Drug Mart.

The applicant has indicated the additions are required to meet the needs of current and future commercial tenants. In particular, the Phase 1 additions to the vacant commercial unit will increase its gross leasable floor area to meet the minimum standards required by a retailer with interest in leasing this space.

Without the additions, it has been noted that this location will no longer be a viable option for this company. According to the report, the additions being proposed result in minor changes to the commercial characteristics of the site and will be complementary to the built characteristics that exist in this downtown area.

However, the proposed additions will bring the subject property into noncompliance with the Chatham-Kent Zoning By-law, as the development will trigger the requirement for off-street parking spaces to be provided on-site.

In addition, the rear additions will eliminate the existing loading space area, leaving no alternative location on-site.

According to the report, the proposal does not significantly change the built characteristics of the subject site, nor does it introduce parking needs beyond what is currently provided in the area.

The Ridgetown BIA has confirmed there are no concerns with the proposal, including removing public parking spaces to establish the public loading space along Market Lane.

“The Ridgetown BIA has reviewed the plans submitted for the proposed Dollarama on the Main street of Ridgetown,” said Charlie Mitton, President of the Ridgetown BIA. “At this time, we want you to know we are in full support of the proposed plan location and addition to the site and welcome them or any new business to Ridgetown.”

The motion passed unanimously 18-0.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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