Vacant lot in Tottenham site for new restaurant

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A vacant lot in Tottenham will be the site of a new commercial building that will eventually become a restaurant.

The lot is located at the southeast corner of Queen Street North and Wilson Street. It is currently fenced off and the property was attached to an historical residence.

The lot is next door to Tottenham Paint and Paper, a building which dates back to the 1870's.

The Committee of the Whole discussed the new development during its March 29, meeting and is working on finalizing a site plan agreement.

Concerns were raised by a property owner whose property is adjacent to the vacant lot that patrons at a new restaurant will use their property and lane way for parking during the operating hours of the business.

They have had problems in the past, they said, with members of the public using their property as a parking lot.

A building of the proposed size would normally require ten parking spaces. Since there will be no parking available on the site, the owner of the building would have to pay the town over $50,000 in cash-in-lieu of parking.

A second concern was garbage storage and removal. Citing the fact that a restaurant can produce a large amount of garbage, the resident is concerned about wildlife, in particular rats, being attracted to the area, as well as possible odours during the summer months.

There is also some concern that the facade of the new building will not blend into the current neighbourhood.

The new building will generate development fees of over $31,000, as well as education fees and County of Simcoe fees.

The company planning to build on the site, Queen Tottenham Inc., has not announced the type of restaurant they are planning on opening.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times