A new apartment building could be coming to the city’s south end.
At Thursday evening’s meeting of the committee of adjustment, members unanimously approved a request for a variance on parking space sizes and floor space for a planned eight-storey, 88-unit apartment building by Thomasfield Homes on Gosling Gardens, south of Clair Road West, west of Gordon Street.
According to a memo from Pam Tolton of ABA Architects, the firm attached to the variance application, the relief on floor space bylaws is being south so as to offer a better range of unit sizes — the memo states plans are for apartments to range from 60.8 sq. m. (654 sq. ft.) to 109.8 sq. m. (1,182 sq. m.).
The relief for parking space sizes — the bylaw requires spots to be three metres by six metres, while the approved variance is for 2.75 metres by 5.5 metres — was sought as they would be “more consistent with stall sizes found in many other municipalities,” according to the memo from Tolton. The memo added that the bylaw requirements are “more reflective of what is required for a standard residential garage with four walls surrounding the parked car, where one would require more room to manoeuvre around the car.”
According to the application, construction on the vacant lot is expected to get underway this summer.
The planned apartment building for 332 Gosling Gardens would join a stacked townhouse development, also by Thomasfield Homes, dubbed Beacon Hill, that is currently under construction.
According to Thomasfield’s website, sales for the second phase of the project got underway this past fall, with occupancy expected for this coming autumn.
Tom McLaughlin with Thomasfield Homes tells the Mercury Tribune that the apartment building is a separate operation from the townhouses.
McLaughlin says that it is too early at this point to pinpoint a completion date for the apartment building, adding it will depend on unit sales.