Neighbours Not Warm to Doctor’s Office Plans

December 5, 2008 at 9:18 am 1 comment

Residents of an upscale neighbourhood don’t want a doctor turning a house into medical offices.

It may have taken Cambridge Memorial Hospital three years to persuade neurologist Dr. Dennis Kim to move to the doctor-short city, but that’s no reason to ignore long-standing planning rules, said Harry Bryant of Pheasant Avenue.

“While we are grateful Dr. Kim has come into our city, it shouldn’t give him carte blanche to change zoning in our neighbourhood,” Bryant told councillors this week.

Kim wants to convert a vacant house at Pheasant and Coronation Boulevard into his medical office. Parking would be created at the rear, with driveway access from Pheasant, said Brandon Flewwelling, Kim’s planner.

Kim now has an office in a medical arts building on Coronation, close to the hospital. He wants his own office but one still near the hospital.

The property would be landscaped and fences improved so patients don’t bother neighbours, his proposal says. Kim would see 12 to 16 patients a day, two days a week, at the office. Two other days, he’d work at the hospital. The fifth day would be for paperwork.

The conversion plan was presented at a public meeting at City Hall. Councillors will vote on the proposal in a couple of months.

Just to the west, along King Street, two houses were converted into doctors’ offices, said Dave Scott, who lives at Pheasant and Blue Heron Ridge. Now the medical offices are gone, one building is for sale and the other houses a financial services company, he told council.

There are no other commercial uses in the “quiet and self-contained residential enclave of homes” overlooking the Grand River, Scott said.

If Kim’s plan goes ahead, the property is unlikely ever to revert to residential use, he said.

“I certainly fear a domino effect, in what is a low-density neighbourhood.”

Source: Waterloo Region Record


Give me a flippin’ break. SHEER NIMBYISM at it’s finest. Can we not start some smart planning in Cambridge finally? The house is vacant, and will provide a much needed doctor’s service. Not to mention faster access to the hospital if he is ever needed in an emergency.

I forgot why I love this city.


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  • 1. Jim Moore  |  February 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    talk about over analyzing something. It is just crazy Dr. Kim can not renovate this place and make it his office. It is coming to the point where is I want to put a fence up in my backyard I have to get the whole block to say it is OK…ridiculous.

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