Canadian Tire applies to convert University Plaza Metro into its new Dundas retail store

News Mar 02, 2018 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Canadian Tire wants to convert the existing University Plaza Metro grocery store into its new Dundas retail location.

The iconic national company applied to the City of Hamilton for site plan approval to permit the conversion on Feb. 7, noting it does not own the property at 119 Osler Dr., but has permission of the owner, RioCan.

“Canadian Tire is taking over the lease,” Melissa Miceli, Canadian Tire development co-ordinator, stated in a letter to the city. “Canadian Tire is eager to have this project approved.”

The application includes a 676-square-foot addition into the existing parking lot between Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart for an automobile service centre. The addition would apparently eliminate several parking spaces between the two buildings.

Planning staff circulated Canadian Tire's application to other city departments and outside agencies including the Hamilton Conservation Authority, on Feb. 13. They requested comments be submitted by March 6 to be included in an eventual report to the city’s planning committee.

“That’s good to hear,” said Darcy Southam, associate realtor at the Cootes Drive location, when informed of the application by a reporter.

Southam said the existing store is about 14,000 square feet. A RioCan plan of the University Plaza site indicates the current Metro building is 53,852 square feet — that would allow the Canadian Tire store to almost quadruple its current size — plus the addition of the an auto service centre.

Because the application is for site plan approval, and does not require a rezoning, there is no official public commenting process — though a staff report is expected to a public planning committee meeting.

Canadian Tire representatives would not answer any questions about the future of the company’s existing retail location at 50 Cootes Dr., or about its application to the city. The Cootes Drive property is owned by Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited.

“We are not in a position to comment at this time,” Joscelyn Dosanjh, Canadian Tire manager of corporate communications, told the Dundas Star News.

The city is already reviewing a six-storey, 55-residential unit redevelopment proposal across the street from the Canadian Tire property at 55 and 51 Cootes Dr. and the area may be included in the city's Dundas community node targeted for residential intensification.

Metro representatives also refused to comment on the proposed conversion of its University Plaza store, or what might happen to Metro employees at that location after Canadian Tire takes over the lease.

“We’ll politely decline to comment,” said Metro spokesperson Sadie Weinstein.

RioCan, owner of the building at 119 Osler Dr., directed a reporter to contact the individual tenants to find out what their plans are.

Christian Green, RioCan’s associate vice-president of investor relations, and leasing representative Matthew McDowell would not say when Canadian Tire is taking over the lease from Metro.

Canadian Tire applies to convert University Plaza Metro into its new Dundas retail store

Proposal includes an addition for an auto service centre

News Mar 02, 2018 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Canadian Tire wants to convert the existing University Plaza Metro grocery store into its new Dundas retail location.

The iconic national company applied to the City of Hamilton for site plan approval to permit the conversion on Feb. 7, noting it does not own the property at 119 Osler Dr., but has permission of the owner, RioCan.

“Canadian Tire is taking over the lease,” Melissa Miceli, Canadian Tire development co-ordinator, stated in a letter to the city. “Canadian Tire is eager to have this project approved.”

The application includes a 676-square-foot addition into the existing parking lot between Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart for an automobile service centre. The addition would apparently eliminate several parking spaces between the two buildings.

“Canadian Tire is taking over the (Metro) lease ... Canadian Tire is eager to have this project approved.”
Melissa Miceli, Canadian Tire development co-ordinator, in a letter to the City of Hamilton

Planning staff circulated Canadian Tire's application to other city departments and outside agencies including the Hamilton Conservation Authority, on Feb. 13. They requested comments be submitted by March 6 to be included in an eventual report to the city’s planning committee.

“That’s good to hear,” said Darcy Southam, associate realtor at the Cootes Drive location, when informed of the application by a reporter.

Southam said the existing store is about 14,000 square feet. A RioCan plan of the University Plaza site indicates the current Metro building is 53,852 square feet — that would allow the Canadian Tire store to almost quadruple its current size — plus the addition of the an auto service centre.

Because the application is for site plan approval, and does not require a rezoning, there is no official public commenting process — though a staff report is expected to a public planning committee meeting.

Canadian Tire representatives would not answer any questions about the future of the company’s existing retail location at 50 Cootes Dr., or about its application to the city. The Cootes Drive property is owned by Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited.

“We are not in a position to comment at this time,” Joscelyn Dosanjh, Canadian Tire manager of corporate communications, told the Dundas Star News.

The city is already reviewing a six-storey, 55-residential unit redevelopment proposal across the street from the Canadian Tire property at 55 and 51 Cootes Dr. and the area may be included in the city's Dundas community node targeted for residential intensification.

Metro representatives also refused to comment on the proposed conversion of its University Plaza store, or what might happen to Metro employees at that location after Canadian Tire takes over the lease.

“We’ll politely decline to comment,” said Metro spokesperson Sadie Weinstein.

RioCan, owner of the building at 119 Osler Dr., directed a reporter to contact the individual tenants to find out what their plans are.

Christian Green, RioCan’s associate vice-president of investor relations, and leasing representative Matthew McDowell would not say when Canadian Tire is taking over the lease from Metro.

Canadian Tire applies to convert University Plaza Metro into its new Dundas retail store

Proposal includes an addition for an auto service centre

News Mar 02, 2018 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Canadian Tire wants to convert the existing University Plaza Metro grocery store into its new Dundas retail location.

The iconic national company applied to the City of Hamilton for site plan approval to permit the conversion on Feb. 7, noting it does not own the property at 119 Osler Dr., but has permission of the owner, RioCan.

“Canadian Tire is taking over the lease,” Melissa Miceli, Canadian Tire development co-ordinator, stated in a letter to the city. “Canadian Tire is eager to have this project approved.”

The application includes a 676-square-foot addition into the existing parking lot between Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart for an automobile service centre. The addition would apparently eliminate several parking spaces between the two buildings.

“Canadian Tire is taking over the (Metro) lease ... Canadian Tire is eager to have this project approved.”
Melissa Miceli, Canadian Tire development co-ordinator, in a letter to the City of Hamilton

Planning staff circulated Canadian Tire's application to other city departments and outside agencies including the Hamilton Conservation Authority, on Feb. 13. They requested comments be submitted by March 6 to be included in an eventual report to the city’s planning committee.

“That’s good to hear,” said Darcy Southam, associate realtor at the Cootes Drive location, when informed of the application by a reporter.

Southam said the existing store is about 14,000 square feet. A RioCan plan of the University Plaza site indicates the current Metro building is 53,852 square feet — that would allow the Canadian Tire store to almost quadruple its current size — plus the addition of the an auto service centre.

Because the application is for site plan approval, and does not require a rezoning, there is no official public commenting process — though a staff report is expected to a public planning committee meeting.

Canadian Tire representatives would not answer any questions about the future of the company’s existing retail location at 50 Cootes Dr., or about its application to the city. The Cootes Drive property is owned by Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited.

“We are not in a position to comment at this time,” Joscelyn Dosanjh, Canadian Tire manager of corporate communications, told the Dundas Star News.

The city is already reviewing a six-storey, 55-residential unit redevelopment proposal across the street from the Canadian Tire property at 55 and 51 Cootes Dr. and the area may be included in the city's Dundas community node targeted for residential intensification.

Metro representatives also refused to comment on the proposed conversion of its University Plaza store, or what might happen to Metro employees at that location after Canadian Tire takes over the lease.

“We’ll politely decline to comment,” said Metro spokesperson Sadie Weinstein.

RioCan, owner of the building at 119 Osler Dr., directed a reporter to contact the individual tenants to find out what their plans are.

Christian Green, RioCan’s associate vice-president of investor relations, and leasing representative Matthew McDowell would not say when Canadian Tire is taking over the lease from Metro.