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Council to decide fate of proposed four-storey condo application for The Ward

Decision on reduced parking, increased density requests set for Dec. 13 meeting

If requests for reduced parking and higher density are approved, a one-storey industrial building in The Ward will be torn down and replaced with a four-storey, 22-unit condo building. 

City council is set to make a decision on Dec. 13 regarding the proposal for 66 Duke St., which involves a variety of requested zoning and official plan amendments.

That meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be streamed live at guelph.ca/live.

A staff recommendation has not been publicly released at this time.

During a public meeting held last year, nearby residents raised concerns about parking in the area, as well as the removal of trees and more.

The proposal includes 22 parking spaces, while current zoning calls for 33.

“Residents on Duke Street are constantly fighting with people for parking,” Mike Barber commented during that meeting, noting several homes in the area don’t have a driveway and so residents depend on street parking. “I think that math doesn’t add up.”

The reduced parking request is inspired by the project’s close proximity to Guelph Central Station, Chris Pidgeon of GSP Group planning consultants told council at the time.

A revised proposal, submitted to the city in April, continues to include a four-storey building with 22 units and 22 parking spaces, including one that’s barrier-free.