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41-unit apartment building proposed on former school site

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New rental housing is up for discussion at a special committee meeting of council Monday night. 

A staff report says a rezoning request on Brookes and Laurier Streets, at the former Dr. MacDougall Public School site, would allow for the construction of a three-storey apartment building. 

It would include 41 rental units. 

A number of area property owners oppose the project citing a variety of concerns including traffic, property values, infrastructure capacity, height and the loss of green space. 

“The city received a number of replies to the circulation, largely in opposition to the proposed development,” the staff report reads.

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The city’s Engineering Department says traffic in the area should be reviewed to ensure road network capacity and make design recommendations, if necessary. 

They also identified the need to have infrastructure service capacity in the area confirmed before the development moves forward.

Staff are recommending approval with a height limit of four storeys.  

The portion of the property where the building would be is currently vacant and is only used for parking. 

The former school building is now an Indigenous Hub offering primary care, daycare services and traditional healing and social services.

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