What’s Happening with the condo development sites?
1. Robin’s Gardens Development
The plan for the former Robin’s gardens site includes 5 condo buildings, to be built in steps….one finished before the next one started. Included in the development agreement includes pavement upgrades on all sides of the property (think curb, gutter & sidewalk). The Edmonton-based developers made a presentation to council on Monday May 25, asking for a relaxation in the original plan – to exclude the south side of the property (closest to the rail line) from the upgrade process, saying that this will save them $250,000 in costs, thereby allowing them to begin the development sooner.
2. 119 Haliburton (across from the Balmoral)
The lot almost across from the Balmoral is slated for a 5-story condominium, to be developed by the folks who have just completed ViVo! in the Old City Quarter.
According to the developer. Lucio Sacchetti, of Alterra Property Group Ltd. in Burnaby, plans to start two similar projects, though smaller, on Haliburton Street in the next year. Presales for the first building could be available as early as next month.
3. Other Potential Sites
The city has had a lot of calls about 2 other properties with multi-family zoning, both on Haliburton, both near the Balmoral. Gary’s comment: “we’ve had lots of interest, but no bites yet from a proposal standpoint.”
Click here for an article on the condo market in Nanaimo, from the May 12 Nanaimo Daily News.
Thanks to Gary Noble from the Planning Department and Derek Spalding from the Nanaimo Daily News for your input.
HMS Deverill Has Sailed into Deverill Square Park
Parks Staff are working to complete the installation of a new spray park and tricycle trail at Deverill Square Park. This work was identified for phase 2 of the park improvement plan. The spray park is based on a nautical theme and will be open for play by mid June.
New picnic tables and benches will also be installed in time for the Miner’s Picnic. The completed playground and spray park will be universally accessible and will attract families to the park from all over Nanaimo.
–Thanks to Kirsty MacDonald. Parks and Rec
Peaceful Week Ends – At Last!
Rumour has it that south Haliburton residents have been able, over the past month, to sleep in on Saturday mornings, or to hear the birds chirping in the the trees outside their windows. No word yet on whether you can hear the snip-snip of Sandra’s shears as she dolls up her clients. The idyllic peace is the result of IPI now adhering to their working hours by-law (7AM to 5:30, 5 days per week.) If this all continues, you might even get an invite to a summer evening BBQ if you have friends in that neighbourhood (hint, hint.)
The city is following up with IPI on other issues to be dealt with i.e. fencing, traffic and parking. More on that as it unfolds.
Neighbourhood Plan Back on Track
At its 2009-May-25 meeting council approved unanimously to, once again, initiate the neighbourhood planning processes for the Newcastle Planning Area and the South End Planning Area.
The first step will be to formalize the composition of the steering committee and then review and set a detailed time frame for the plan process. The steering committee is the vehicle through which the neighbourhood plan process is coordinated and will be a 8-10 person committee composed of members of SECA, the local business community, and other residents of the neighbourhood including senior and youth representatives.
The neighbourhood planning process is anticipated to take approximately one year to complete and will consist of five phases. The phased process moves from commencement through neighbourhood context and visioning, to concepts and options selection, and then from a draft to a final neighbourhood plan document, which is presented to Council for consideration of adoption. Throughout the processes there will be numerous opportunities for public consultation and participation, including open houses, workshops and surveys. Administrative support will be provided by Chris Sholberg, Community Planner, City of Nanaimo, with additional support from John Horn, the City’s Social Planner. We are shooting to complete the plan by June, 2010.
Thanks to Chris Sholberg and Gord Fuller for the information.
Click here for an article from the Nanaimo Daily News.
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