Niagara Falls looking at zoning application for 8-storey, 77-unit building

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Published March 21, 2023 at 11:43 am

Niagara Falls City Council will decide tonight if the large lot at 5687 Ferry St. and 5660 Spring St. can be rezoned for this eight-storey, 80 unit building. (Artist rendering of potential building)

Niagara Falls City Council will be looking at rezoning a large lot at 5687 Ferry St. and 5660 Spring St. to allow the construction of a new eight-storey, 80 unit mixed-use building at tonight’s (March 21) meeting.

The application has been circulating through city staff coming from an unusual developer, Niagara Midtown Bowling Ltd.,  which is planning for 77 dwelling unit and three commercial units at street level.

The lot size is just shy of an acre (0.96 acres) and has thus far met with most of the city’s ordinance and bylaws for rezoning, allowing the staff report to suggest council to approve it.

Presently, the land is designated Tourist Commercial, in part, and Residential, in part, and is located within the Drummondville Node and the Clifton Hill Subdistrict of the Central Tourism District in the City’s Official Plan.

The subject land is zoned General Commercial in part and Parking in part so Niagara Midtown Bowling is looking for site specific zoning to allow the new building in what is currently a vacant lot.

Presently, the lot has the Royal Canadian Legion building and single detached houses to the north, single detached houses and commercial uses to the west, single detached houses and commercial uses to the east as well as the hydro corridor and straight-up commercial buildings to the south.

To that end, council will have to decide whether an eight-storey structure is compatible with the decidedly smaller neighbourhood surrounding it.

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