The Town Planning Services report on the proposal to replace the old Medical Arts Building at 358 Reynolds (corner of Reynolds and Macdonald) with a 3-storey condo apartment building comprised of 14 apartments was received by the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on 18 August. Questions were raised by the Committee with respect to the requested zoning amendment, and the impact of the proposed new building on the heritage district. Minutes of the meeting are pending. The next step is for the proposal to be considered by the Planning and Development Council (yet to be scheduled). Click here for the Agenda of the Advisory Committee meeting. Scroll down to item 4c, "Review of development application, 358 Reynolds Street", click on it, and the click on the "Supporting Materials" in the top right-hand corner of the screen. The Staff Report is the first item, and the Building's design concept is the last item.
At a public consultation on November 6th at Grace Lutheran Church, Architect Bill Hicks presented a proposal to redevelop the Medical Arts Building at 358 Reynolds Street (owned by Transmetro Ltd. and situated at the south-west corner of Reynolds and Macdonald), to a three storey, 14 condo apartment building. The proposal will require a Zoning amendment from Low Density Residential to Medium Density Residential.
TCRA members questioned whether it is acceptable to replace a legal, non-conforming structure with a medium-density (high end of range) development within a stable, low-density residential area in the Trafalgar Road Heritage District. The transition from immediately adjacent detached single-family homes to a three-storey condo will cause massing and shadowing issues in the immediate area. Our members are also very concerned with density creep especially as it might affect those properties south on Reynolds St. and east and west on Macdonald Rd.
We are hopeful that our concerns will be reflected in a revised iteration.