North West Community Council approved a development agreement with Whimsical Lake Developments for the property at 249 Sackville Drive. The agreement is for two four-story buildings, each containing 36 apartments. Those 72 units will consist of 48 two-bedroom and 24 one-bedroom apartments.
The property is located across Sackville Drive from Payzant Home Hardware, adjacent to the Canadian Tire Gas Bar.
“We’re pleased to see more residential density in the heart of the Sackville Business District,” said Michelle Champniss, executive director of the Sackville Business Association. “There’s a demand for this type of housing in Sackville. These units are ideal for young professionals and older people looking to downsize.”
A development agreement was required because the building height exceeds the 50-foot limit set out by the Sackville Drive Secondary Planning Study. The height is measured from the sidewalk at Sackville Drive. Due to the grade of the property, which slopes upward toward the development site, the buildings are more than 50 feet high.
The proposal includes underground parking for 62 cars and an additional 20 spaces above ground. Access will be from Sackville Drive, and the developer has proposed adding a gazebo at the front of the property.
“The developer should be commended for going the extra mile to make this an attractive, high-quality development,” Champniss said.
Whimsical Lake Developments has a year to sign the development agreement, and five years from the date of signing to start construction.