Unanimous Caleb Group support and other council tidbits

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The proposed Caleb Village Retirement Community is seen in a conceptual drawing handed out to residents around its 19 Guy Drive location. 

Rather than limit door-knocking to election season, Mayor Greg Dionne found another use for it prior to Monday’s city council meeting.

 

Last weekend, Dionne went door-to-door through the Guy Drive area letting residents know the ins and outs of the Caleb Village Retirement Community proposed to go up at 19 Guy Drive.

“Boy do we have a rumour mill,” Dionne said after Monday’s meeting. “Lots of times it’s perception, it’s not fact, so by getting face-to-face you’re getting straight to the people.”

The public notice sent out to neighbouring properties notified residents that there was a proposal in the works for a 94-unit four-storey high-rise housing project.

That alone doesn’t sound very appealing, Dionne admitted, noting that after meeting with residents and showing them conceptual drawings they were more positive about the project.

This positivity translated into zero words of opposition at Monday’s public hearing, during which city council re-zoned the parcel of land from single family dwelling to multiple unit dwelling.

Nearby residents did, however, request more green space in the area -- “A little play structure, a little two-lot for their kids to play in,” Dionne described.

An 18-lot cul-de-sac tentatively set for development to the north might include a two-lot green space, with community services director Jody Boulet set to tour the site with Dionne and nearby residents.

The 94-unit Caleb Village Retirement Community is a $24-million, 95,000 square-foot seniors’ development.

It’s expected to bring in 50 to 75 construction jobs during it 15-month construction period, followed by 30 to 40 year-round jobs once open.

More than $10 million of economic spin-off is anticipated during construction, followed by more than $1 million in local economic stimulus per year after opening.

The following items were also discussed at Monday’s city council meetings and until now remained unreported.

 

• The Prince Albert Pride Parade may proceed, council decided on Monday.

Although they’ve always been in support of the parade itself, the route came as some concern due to part of its route made up of the city’s busiest road -- Second Avenue West.

City council altered the parade route slightly. It will still proceed around the Kinsmen Park area, but instead of going on 28th Street West it will go through the Kinsmen Arena parking lot. As the parade loops back up north, it will proceed up First Avenue West instead of Second Avenue West.

Council will consider permanent parade route options for all parades to prevent such safety concerns from coming up in the future.

The Prince Albert Pride Parade will take place on June 7 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  

 

• A 24-unit high-rise condominium unit was approved at 2800 Lakeview Drive. Lake Estates advertises the units as ranging in size from 1,256 square feet to 1,385, starting at $300,000.

 

• Muzzy Drive is a mess of traffic, and something needs to be done about it, council concluded at Monday’s meeting.

“The development has come up on us very, very quickly,” Coun. Martin Ring said. “This is something that we need to start acting on.”

A letter from Pickering Crescent resident Dave Towers alerted council of the problem in a letter.

Muzzy Drive services Guy Drive, where a 94-unit seniors’ condominium project has been proposed.

The public works and planning and development services departments will offer some proposals to council by September.

 

• Custodial care facilities will now be allowed in M1 -- heavy industrial zones, as a discretionary use. This means that, like with custodial care facilities in residential and commercial zones, custodial care facilities in heavy industrial zones are at the discretion of council.

Custodial care facilities are halfway houses for people incarcerated under the Young Offenders Act, Summary Offences Act, Corrections and Conditional Release Act and Community Training Residence as defined in the Corrections Act.

Organizations: Caleb Village Retirement Community, Unanimous Caleb Group, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Kinsmen Park

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