Tyandaga residents against proposed retirement home in Burlington

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Published October 5, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Local residents are up in arms over a proposal to turn a Burlington strip plaza into a four-storey retirement home.

More than 200 people sent in written opposition to the plan and several more appeared at the Oct. 5 Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee Meeting to speak against the proposal on the southwest corner of Kerns Rd. and Four Seasons Dr.

The development proposal, put forth by Wellings Planning Consultants Inc., would see the land owned by FGL Kerns Inc. turned into a large retirement home.

The proposal would see a building with 100-sq.-m of ground-floor commercial area with 123 living units above it. It would include 66 parking spaces, both underground and on the surface, as well as both indoor and outdoor amenity areas.

The tract of land currently is not zoned for this sort of use.

Local residents don’t believe a large building such as this, shoehorned into a fairly small footprint, would fit into the neighbourhood.

In addition, residents are worried about the loss of a daycare centre that currently operates in the plaza, as well as increased noise and traffic they believe will overwhelm the area.

The issue will be given to staff to report based on both the developer’s report, as well as feedback from the delegations.

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