By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Three housing projects were given the green light at last Tuesday's final St. Marys Town Council meeting of 2020. All projects are subject to minor administrative changes but, for the most part, the planning for each project is completed.
The first project discussed was a proposed subdivision at 187 Wellington Street North and Egan Avenue. Town Planner Mark Stone led the discussions of each project, starting with the Wellington Street proposal. Here is an overview of the housing proposed to be built on the 2.05-hectare plot:
• Eight semi-detached dwelling units;
• Six street townhouse dwelling units;
• Eight dwellings in two "attached duplex" units
• 30 vacant land condominium townhouse dwelling units in six buildings
The public hearing on this property was held on September 15th, 2020. Also part of this proposal was two parking spaces for each semi-detached unit, two parking spaces for each street townhouse unit, two rear yard parking spaces for each attached duplex unit, and two parking spaces for each condominium townhouse unit plus 30 visitor parking spaces.
The next project discussed and approved by the Council is located at 323 Queen Street West. The proposal looks to build two two-story townhouse units on the vacant Queen Street lot. Building 'A', which fronts onto Queen Street, will contain three residential units, and Building 'B', which fronts onto Ann Street, will contain six residential units, combining for nine units in total. Each unit will have a minimum of one single-car garage and one driveway parking space. In response to members of the public, the owner made changes from their original design to increase the amount of onsite parking by providing one additional parking space for four of the units. An amenity area will also be installed for residents' use.
The third housing project approved was the second phase of the Thames Crest subdivision development. According to the subdivision agreement proposed, Phase 2A of the project includes 45 lots for single-detached dwellings, three blocks for townhouse development, a park block (Block 49) with partial frontage on James Street North, a parking area for trail users (Block 50) accessed from James Street North, and a stormwater management block (Block 51). Several more phases of the development are planned to be brought forward in the future, which would see more single-detached residential units proposed in subsequent phases.
Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent