Thank you for your article in the May 19 edition of The Lake Report that profiled the proposed townhouse development on Mary Street.
The reason for my letter is to dispel the misconception that the building is three storeys in height as you mistakenly stated, but is in fact two storeys high.
The building is 9.55 metres high, measured from the finished grade, almost half a metre less than adjacent residential and commercial buildings and less than the 10-metre height that is permitted in both the general commercial and the established residential zones that surround the property.
Every effort has been made to ensure the building is compatible in scale, massing and design with the surrounding neighbourhood and with the heritage of the Niagara-on-the-Lake community.
There are numerous examples of the gambrel roof in the Old Town and the paint colour chosen is similar to “blue fox,” an approved paint colour for the Queen-Picton Heritage District.
It has been acknowledged that three boulevard trees will be lost, however, 11 trees will be planted on the property as part of a detailed landscape plan that also includes a variety of shrubs and perennials.
Although the property is currently designated general commercial, the town’s new official plan designates the property as mixed use, permitting residential and/or commercial uses on the site.
We welcome feedback and comments from the community.