Planning opens the door for seniors’ housing complex in Marmora
A new multi-million dollar seniors’ residence in Marmora and Lake has been given the go ahead from the municipality’s planning committee.
The committee unanimously voted Tuesday to approve Fair Trade Works zoning bylaw amendment for the $4 million building.
FairTradeWorks Construction Manager, Mike Provost called the decision “was a win-win."
“We feel we addressed the public safety and parking concerns and can now formalize our building plans and budgets and start to get shovels in the ground before winter,” he said.
He added their existing seniors’ residence, The Bleecker, is full and there is a waiting list so “they’re anxious to get started” on this building.
Provost said he was also pleased with council’s decision after meeting all traffic, parking and safety concerns brought forward by the public to the outgoing council November 6, 2018. The re-zoning application for 25 and 29 Forsyth Street included entry to the new residence from Madoc Street with cantilevered parking under the building.
The next step involves the site plan approval for the 4-storey, 18-suite Lummiss Residence planned for Forsyth Street in Marmora. It will also provide two commercial storefronts to the downtown core.
Provost was born and raised in Marmora and says he is proud to bring a project of this size to the community.
“The old buildings that we are planning to replace are structurally not sound and are beyond rescue,” he said.
The Lummiss Residence will be an Active Senior’s Residence geared to 65+ and will offer tenants spacious 1 & 2 bedroom suites including all new appliances, age-in-place amenities such as grab rails, curbless showers, larger hallways along with the convenience of a stretcher-sized elevator.
The developer will also breathe new life into a long-time vacant piece of property in Belleville.
'The Pinnacle,' a 110 unit condo will stand where the former Quinte Hotel in Belleville used to sit. The lot, located on the northeast corner of Bridge and Pinnacle has been vacant since Dec. 2012 when the Quinte Hotel burned.