Plans for a residential – commercial development in Belleville’s Station Street area have been put on hold, requiring some changes.
The developer, a numbered company, plans to build a 103 unit, six-storey, apartment building with commercial space on the first floor, on a site at Station and Albion Streets.
The application for rezoning came before the city’s Planning Committee Tuesday night.
Consultant Ruth Ferguson Aulthouse told the committee the Magnolia Gardens Residence had a potential for 330 units. She said there was a great need for affordable housing and all these units were affordable.
Councillor Egerton Boyce said, “It is too big in too small a space.” He expressed concern about traffic on Albion Street and traffic trying to make a left turn onto Station street, and added there are issues with the Albion Street access.
Councillor Jack Miller indicated he would like to see the traffic study which was not available at the meeting, and he had concerns about the driveway at a “highly populated area.”
Area property owner Joe LaBarge expressed concerns about flooding.
Councillor Paul Carr told the committee his concern was about the elevation causing water flooding on a neighbour’s property. Carr said, “The property right now (site of the proposed apartments); the impact on local neighbours is a disgrace.”
The Planning committee approved a tabling motion, sending the rezoning application back to staff.