As seen from Preston Street (off camera slightly to the left) looking along Pamilla Street (pronounced locally as Pa-milla). The brick house is long established; its back yard also abutted Pamilla. A double garage was built, with a ped door between the two garage doors, leading to apartments above. It looks like it may have been commercial premises at one time, converted to housing in … when?… the forties or fifties?
It has … character, and interest, and adds to the variety of the neighborhood. And provides a lot of housing units between the two buildings on the one lot.
Behind the house is the parking lot of the Bank of Nova Scotia; the garage-house building looks very ordinary from behind. Note that it is right up to the lot line on all sides. The brick house has also been converted into a number of apartments with doors facing Preston, Norman, and the alleyway between it and the garage:
If we now swing around 180 degrees, the view is over to Norman Street, same corner, with Preston:
The brick semi has been updated on the Preston face, although with mis-matched windows. Four mailboxes, so it is probably two apts up, two on the main. No sign of a basement unit, even though it appears to be on a concrete (not rubble stone) foundation. Look along Norman Street, running off to the right. Spot the white garage in back.
The owner wants to develop this side yard, that faces Norman Street. The space is fairly wide, but about 40′ deep to the commercial building wall beyond the lot. Apparently he wants to demolish the garage. And build a three and half storey new building, with three apartments. There will be three bicycle parking spaces for the seven units; no car parking.
To do this, he needs a variance to do this:
· The number of required parking spaces be reduced from 4 to 0;
· The required front yard setback be reduced from 2m to 0.77m;
· The required rear yard setback be reduced from 7.5m to 0.28m;
· The required side yard setback be reduced from 1.2m to 0.22m;
· The required corner side yard setback be reduced from 3m to 0.09m;
· The required landscaped open space area be reduced from 3m to 0m.
Read each of those variances carefully to consider the magnitude of the reductions, eg back yard from 23′ to less than 1′. Corner side yard set back reduced from 9′ to essentially zero. And zero landscaping. Fortunately, he is not proposing a commercial storefront or restaurant on the ground floor.
I am trying to get a site plan and elevation from the planner to see just what is proposed. It will need to be pretty darn good … what do you think?