By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Proponents of a new residential building at the former site of a west Dundas restaurant are reviewing comments submitted in response to their original application and considering potential changes.
The zoning application submitted for a redevelopment of the former Tammy’s Place restaurant, at 336 and 338 King St. W. included at least 12 variances – or modifications – on top of the rezoning, to allow a six-storey, 27-unit residential building plus main floor commercial space and 28 parking spots.
Neighbourhood residents strongly opposed the list of variances, the intensity and character of the development..
John Ariens, planning consultant to property owner Scott Oldham, said the application has not been withdrawn – but is being reviewed with changes under consideration..
Ariens said he met with City of Hamilton planning staff after the Nov. 23 deadline for public comments, and was provided with submissions from commenting agencies including several city departments and outside organizations such as the Niagara Escarpment Commission, as well as letters and emails sent in by residents.
“We’re in the process of digesting all that,” Ariens said, adding they will consider what could be done to address any concerns.
He isn’t sure to what degree details of the application might be changed.
“We have to balance the comments with a viable project,” Ariens said.
When a revised concept is developed, Ariens will meet with Dundas city councillor Russ Powers – and probably present any changes in a public meeting.
But Ariens insisted the original application and existing concept only includes what he believes is a reasonable development.
“I don’t play let’s make a deal,” Ariens said. “I don’t come forward with a plan for 10 storeys when I really want five. I don’t play games with people. We came in with what we thought was a viable, good application.”