Dundas 24 Brock St. N. proposal awaits site plan review process

News Dec 16, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The owners of 24 Brock St. N. have not submitted any information for the City of Hamilton’s site plan review of a proposed residential redevelopment of the site, since the property’s zoning was finalized by a Nov. 21 appeal settlement.

Settlement of the 29-month long Local Planning Appeal Tribunal case permits a four-storey, 51-unit, 14-metre high residential building (including a 30-square-foot mechanical penthouse) on the site. Despite the LPAT order finalizing the property’s zoning, it’s not clear exactly what the plans of owner North Brock Street Holdings Inc. are for the site.

City of Hamilton planning spokesperson Marie Fitzpatrick said conditional site plan approval was given for a previous proposal, and subsequently extended until April 2020, but nothing has been submitted for the newly approved zoning.

“There have been no formal submissions for the site plan since the extension was issued,” Fitzpatrick said. “The proponent has not received final site plan approval and has not applied for a building permit.”

Sajid Rehmatulla, president of North Brock Street Holdings, and Sage Developments, could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Sage Developments chief financial officer Sebastian Ahmed said there was no update on the project and no timeline for acquiring site plan approval, a building permit, or starting construction.

“Given the holidays, we have not finalized any launch dates and won’t have specific answers (until) mid-January,” Ahmed said.

Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) chief administrative officer Scott Peck said the HCA has reviewed the 24 Brock St. N. proposal and the property is not regulated by the authority, so no HCA permits are required.

“There are no flood plain issues related to this site,” Peck said.

The property does fall within the Niagara Escarpment Planning Area, and a minimum 10-metre naturalized buffer is required between the environmentally significant area of the escarpment and the building itself.

North Brock Street Holdings bought 24 Brock St. N. for $2.8-million on Jan. 24, 2019 from a group of nine individuals or corporations that held the property’s mortgage.

North Brock Street became the property’s third owner within three years.

Sajid Rehmatullah, president of North Brock Street Holdings, did not respond to several phone calls and emails requesting an interview for this story, but did attend a scheduled appeal hearing for 24 Brock St. N. in December 2018, more than a month before he closed the deal to purchase.

“I’m buying it from the mortgagees,” Rehmatullah said.

He said although he was aware of the ongoing appeal, he did not have time to get a lawyer and planner to represent him at the scheduled hearing.

“There are a lot of moving parts (to the purchase),” Rehmatullah said.

He had requested an adjournment days before the scheduled hearing on Thursday, Dec. 13, but LPAT denied the request. He repeated the request at the hearing and received the adjournment.

Afterwards, Rehmatullah said he planned to pursue the proposal made by 24 Brock’s previous owners, which included increasing the building’s density from 48 to 51 units.

Previous owner Red Dot Brock requested and received adjournments to two scheduled appeal hearings, in January and May 2018.

The owners’ mortgage was transferred to a group including two numbered companies, each with two directors and four additional individuals in June 2017. There were also changes to Red Dot Brock’s administration. The two properties were subsequently put up for sale by the group of mortgage lenders. The original asking price was $6 million and later dropped to $4.5 million, before being sold to Rehmatullah’s North Brock Street Holdings for less than $3 million.

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal issued an order on Nov. 21, 2019 on the appeal brought by Dundas resident Bill Hilson on June 21, 2017, closing the case. Hilson had agreed to withdraw appeals for five of seven variances, while North Brock Street Holdings withdrew its application for two of the variances.

Dundas 24 Brock St. N. proposal awaits site plan review process

No movement on development application despite appeal settlement

News Dec 16, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The owners of 24 Brock St. N. have not submitted any information for the City of Hamilton’s site plan review of a proposed residential redevelopment of the site, since the property’s zoning was finalized by a Nov. 21 appeal settlement.

Settlement of the 29-month long Local Planning Appeal Tribunal case permits a four-storey, 51-unit, 14-metre high residential building (including a 30-square-foot mechanical penthouse) on the site. Despite the LPAT order finalizing the property’s zoning, it’s not clear exactly what the plans of owner North Brock Street Holdings Inc. are for the site.

City of Hamilton planning spokesperson Marie Fitzpatrick said conditional site plan approval was given for a previous proposal, and subsequently extended until April 2020, but nothing has been submitted for the newly approved zoning.

“There have been no formal submissions for the site plan since the extension was issued,” Fitzpatrick said. “The proponent has not received final site plan approval and has not applied for a building permit.”

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Sajid Rehmatulla, president of North Brock Street Holdings, and Sage Developments, could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Sage Developments chief financial officer Sebastian Ahmed said there was no update on the project and no timeline for acquiring site plan approval, a building permit, or starting construction.

“Given the holidays, we have not finalized any launch dates and won’t have specific answers (until) mid-January,” Ahmed said.

Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) chief administrative officer Scott Peck said the HCA has reviewed the 24 Brock St. N. proposal and the property is not regulated by the authority, so no HCA permits are required.

“There are no flood plain issues related to this site,” Peck said.

The property does fall within the Niagara Escarpment Planning Area, and a minimum 10-metre naturalized buffer is required between the environmentally significant area of the escarpment and the building itself.

North Brock Street Holdings bought 24 Brock St. N. for $2.8-million on Jan. 24, 2019 from a group of nine individuals or corporations that held the property’s mortgage.

North Brock Street became the property’s third owner within three years.

Sajid Rehmatullah, president of North Brock Street Holdings, did not respond to several phone calls and emails requesting an interview for this story, but did attend a scheduled appeal hearing for 24 Brock St. N. in December 2018, more than a month before he closed the deal to purchase.

“I’m buying it from the mortgagees,” Rehmatullah said.

He said although he was aware of the ongoing appeal, he did not have time to get a lawyer and planner to represent him at the scheduled hearing.

“There are a lot of moving parts (to the purchase),” Rehmatullah said.

He had requested an adjournment days before the scheduled hearing on Thursday, Dec. 13, but LPAT denied the request. He repeated the request at the hearing and received the adjournment.

Afterwards, Rehmatullah said he planned to pursue the proposal made by 24 Brock’s previous owners, which included increasing the building’s density from 48 to 51 units.

Previous owner Red Dot Brock requested and received adjournments to two scheduled appeal hearings, in January and May 2018.

The owners’ mortgage was transferred to a group including two numbered companies, each with two directors and four additional individuals in June 2017. There were also changes to Red Dot Brock’s administration. The two properties were subsequently put up for sale by the group of mortgage lenders. The original asking price was $6 million and later dropped to $4.5 million, before being sold to Rehmatullah’s North Brock Street Holdings for less than $3 million.

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal issued an order on Nov. 21, 2019 on the appeal brought by Dundas resident Bill Hilson on June 21, 2017, closing the case. Hilson had agreed to withdraw appeals for five of seven variances, while North Brock Street Holdings withdrew its application for two of the variances.

Dundas 24 Brock St. N. proposal awaits site plan review process

No movement on development application despite appeal settlement

News Dec 16, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The owners of 24 Brock St. N. have not submitted any information for the City of Hamilton’s site plan review of a proposed residential redevelopment of the site, since the property’s zoning was finalized by a Nov. 21 appeal settlement.

Settlement of the 29-month long Local Planning Appeal Tribunal case permits a four-storey, 51-unit, 14-metre high residential building (including a 30-square-foot mechanical penthouse) on the site. Despite the LPAT order finalizing the property’s zoning, it’s not clear exactly what the plans of owner North Brock Street Holdings Inc. are for the site.

City of Hamilton planning spokesperson Marie Fitzpatrick said conditional site plan approval was given for a previous proposal, and subsequently extended until April 2020, but nothing has been submitted for the newly approved zoning.

“There have been no formal submissions for the site plan since the extension was issued,” Fitzpatrick said. “The proponent has not received final site plan approval and has not applied for a building permit.”

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Sajid Rehmatulla, president of North Brock Street Holdings, and Sage Developments, could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Sage Developments chief financial officer Sebastian Ahmed said there was no update on the project and no timeline for acquiring site plan approval, a building permit, or starting construction.

“Given the holidays, we have not finalized any launch dates and won’t have specific answers (until) mid-January,” Ahmed said.

Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) chief administrative officer Scott Peck said the HCA has reviewed the 24 Brock St. N. proposal and the property is not regulated by the authority, so no HCA permits are required.

“There are no flood plain issues related to this site,” Peck said.

The property does fall within the Niagara Escarpment Planning Area, and a minimum 10-metre naturalized buffer is required between the environmentally significant area of the escarpment and the building itself.

North Brock Street Holdings bought 24 Brock St. N. for $2.8-million on Jan. 24, 2019 from a group of nine individuals or corporations that held the property’s mortgage.

North Brock Street became the property’s third owner within three years.

Sajid Rehmatullah, president of North Brock Street Holdings, did not respond to several phone calls and emails requesting an interview for this story, but did attend a scheduled appeal hearing for 24 Brock St. N. in December 2018, more than a month before he closed the deal to purchase.

“I’m buying it from the mortgagees,” Rehmatullah said.

He said although he was aware of the ongoing appeal, he did not have time to get a lawyer and planner to represent him at the scheduled hearing.

“There are a lot of moving parts (to the purchase),” Rehmatullah said.

He had requested an adjournment days before the scheduled hearing on Thursday, Dec. 13, but LPAT denied the request. He repeated the request at the hearing and received the adjournment.

Afterwards, Rehmatullah said he planned to pursue the proposal made by 24 Brock’s previous owners, which included increasing the building’s density from 48 to 51 units.

Previous owner Red Dot Brock requested and received adjournments to two scheduled appeal hearings, in January and May 2018.

The owners’ mortgage was transferred to a group including two numbered companies, each with two directors and four additional individuals in June 2017. There were also changes to Red Dot Brock’s administration. The two properties were subsequently put up for sale by the group of mortgage lenders. The original asking price was $6 million and later dropped to $4.5 million, before being sold to Rehmatullah’s North Brock Street Holdings for less than $3 million.

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal issued an order on Nov. 21, 2019 on the appeal brought by Dundas resident Bill Hilson on June 21, 2017, closing the case. Hilson had agreed to withdraw appeals for five of seven variances, while North Brock Street Holdings withdrew its application for two of the variances.