Posts tagged ‘Grocery Store’

Raucous Crowd Out Against Development

More than 300 show up to oppose Foodland

A planner is urging members of North Dumfries Township Council to take a hard look at an application for commercial rezoning on Northumberland Street from a local standpoint.

Mark Dorfman, a planner with more than 45 years experience in the public and private sectors, said it shouldn’t only matter whether a new Foodland fits within the “guidelines” of provincial and regional planning documents and that it won’t remain an orphan along the “spine” of Ayr, if approved.

He urged council members to consider the implications of future commercial development along this thoroughfare of a village that is expected to grow substantially in coming years.

“For this reason alone, this development is premature,” he added. “It’s not a sound design objective in a residential setting.”

Dorfman was retained on behalf of a citizens’ group that opposes the development of a new, 26,000-square-foot Foodland on properties currently zoned residential, across from the Broom Street intersection.

Residents of Ayr are concerned about traffic safety and their quality of life, which will be interrupted by delivery trucks, car alarms, doors slamming, running motors and exhaust fumes. Above all, they say it’s simply the wrong place to put a grocery store.

More than 300 people showed up to a public meeting Monday evening at the North Dumfries Community Complex. Some lined the back wall of the MacNeil Room due to limited seating.

North Dumfries Mayor Rob Deutschmann put his gavel to use several times and at one point threatened to shut down the meeting due to a raucous response from the crowd assembled in opposition.

Victor Labreche, a planner on behalf of the development team, pointed out that a 500-metre radius surrounding the proposed grocery store is currently comprised of 45 per cent industrial land and 40 per cent residential.

The radius includes an elementary school and a curling rink. The grocery store would result in a more “complete community” and reduce vehicular traffic going to and from the village’s core, he argued.

The plan is to relocate the existing Foodland in the village’s core into a larger building offering full service and more products, as well as an LCBO agency store.

But residents appearing as delegations don’t go along with the proposal on the two-lane road, even despite the implementation of a 25m left-hand turn lane for southbound traffic – a measure they say would do little to improve traffic flow at certain times of the day when a railway line ties up commuters of the bedroom community.

Christina Dorian resides across the street from where the development could be situated and also envisions a McDonald’s and a gas station next door if a commercial precedent is set.

Residents say they aren’t against having a new grocery store, but would rather see commercial development clustered to the north in the vicinity of Greenfield Road that is surrounded by vacant industrial land.

North Dumfries planning consultant Steve Jefferson noted that provincial planning policies can restrict municipalities from using land designated industrial for commercial purposes.

He expects that recommendations pertaining to the proposed grocery store could come before council in the next two months.

“Let’s do this right and update our official plan for the future,” said James Dol, a main organizer behind the Save Our Community group.

Dol presented the mayor with a petition with more than 1,000 signatures.

Many people, both young and not so young, urged councillors to think of the future.

A 14-year-old girl asked decision makers to imagine growing up in Ayr 20 years from now.

“In math they say you can’t add apples and oranges together because you get the wrong answer,” she said. “There are many other places we could put this grocery store.”



October 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Galleria – Now Officially Citi Plaza

As of yesterday (May 7, 2009) galleria has officially become Citi Plaza, as to my previous post on the redevelopment of Galleria I still do no believe that the physical changes made to the “centre” have improved it from an urban design point of view. However it has successfully reinvented itself into an office/shopping/learning/eating destination and cleaned up the southern portion. I was at the opening ceremony on Thursday morning, there were many Citi bank employees and officials as well as others who joined in the morning ceremony. I was hoping for the announcement of a new tenant – maybe the rumored grocery store?- but no luck.

Here are some pictures of what the new entrance off of Wellington Rd. looks like; also there is a couple pictures of the new food court.

The Fox & Fiddle along with Country Style and Cotton Ginny are all now officially open.

The following article is from the London Free Press, about the Fox & Fiddle;

“Pub lovers can return to Citi Plaza, the mall formerly known as Galleria London. The Fox and Fiddle is opening in renovated space vacated by the Elephant and Castle.  Renovations have made the interior brighter and more spacious and a new long bar has been built along one wall.  The face behind the bar will be familiar. John Young,  the veteran bartender from the Elephant and Castle, was one of the 40 people hired to work at the pub. “We saved the best of the old and added something new,” said Mark TenEycke, director of operations for the chain.  The menu features traditional pub favourites such as fish and chips and bangers and mash. But there are also burgers, sandwiches and Asian dishes such as butter chicken and curry.  TenEycke said it’s more than “pub grub,” with an emphasis on quality.  The Fox and Fiddle was founded 20 years ago in Mississauga and has expanded to 20 locations in Ontario and one in British Columbia.  Most of the locations are in the Greater Toronto Area but the chain has also expanded to Hamilton, Guelph and Waterloo. ” Hank Daniszewski is a Free Press business reporter.


May 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

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