New Amherstburg Family Health Team building clears another hurdle

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By Ron Giofu

 

The creation of a new building that will house the Amherstburg Family Health Team has taken another step closer to reality.

The development agreement was approved by town council Monday night for the new medical building, to be built on the grounds of the Seasons Amherstburg retirement home facility. The building is being created by Malden Properties Inc. (Amico Group) and it will be a new 10,095 square foot building on 3.25 acres of the site.

The AFHT will move out of the Seasons Amherstburg building where they are currently located and into a space in the new building once the latter is completed.

Councillor John Sutton called the approval of the development agreement “a good news story for Amherstburg.”

Administration and   AFHT members such as Carolyn Davies, the town councillor that declared a conflict on agenda items pertaining to the development Monday night, were recognized for their efforts by Sutton.

“These people deserve to be commended for their hard work in addition to their regular work,” said Sutton, adding he looks forward to the ribbon cutting.

Councillor Diane Pouget expressed her thanks as well for the work put into the planned medical facility, but wondered if it will look similar in style to the Seasons building that will sit behind it.

Cindy Prince, vice president of Amico Properties, said the architect was asked to provide a building that will complement Seasons.

“It won’t be exactly the same but the colours and hues will be complimentary to the structure behind it,” said Prince.

The zoning for the new development had been approved last September. In a report to council, town planner Rebecca Belanger noted the property carries a holding Special Provision Commercial General (h-CG-9) zone and holding Special Provision Commercial General/Special Provision Residential Multiple Second Density (h-CG-9/RM2-5) zone.

“The CG-9 zone will permit the full range of uses in the Commercial General Zone in addition to limited front yard parking,” Belanger stated in her report.   “The proposed lot frontage, lot size and the intended use of the subject lands comply with the zone requirements for the proposed Special Provision Commercial General Zone. The CG-9 zone will permit the development of the Amherstburg Family Health Team and other medically related uses on the subject property in two phases.”

Belanger noted the building in question will have 73 parking spaces with three being accessible spaces. Pouget questioned how many of them will be in the front of the building, with Belanger noting there will be 14 along the front.

There will also be wrought iron fencing along the front lot line and nearly 37,000 square feet of landscaped area. Existing trees will remain or be relocated per the landscape plan, Belanger added in her report.

The existing driveway leading into the property will be decommissioned and a new driveway heading into the new medical facility and Seasons Amherstburg will be constructed as part of the new development.

Councillor Bob Pillon asked if the accessible parking could be closer to the building. Prince noted the design allows for the spaces to be close to the door but are designed so the spaces could be “deeper” and better accommodate vehicles that would have to use them.

Mayor Wayne Hurst also referenced the work the AFHT have put into getting a new building.

“It’s important we recognize the hard work that went into it,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

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