Changes made to apartment proposal

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Changes have been made to a development proposal that was denied more than two years ago by Truro town council.

Ron Wallace Realty Ltd. is proposing two apartment buildings, one with 39 units and another with 63, for 16 Park St. In 2007, Wallace proposed the same sized units, as well as a third building with 12 units, on 5.7 acres of land near Marshland Drive.

Council and residents opposed the construction citing traffic and flooding concerns as well as the proposal's size.

Ward 1 Coun. Raymond Tynes, who opposed the original application, said he likes the new proposal, which has one less building and 12 fewer units.

"From what I have seen, he has redesigned his development agreement to recognize the concerns of the (nearby property owners)," he said. "As long as he satisfies the concerns of traffic authority and fire authority and meets all the codes, at this point, I see no reason to oppose his development."

Another component of the new proposal is for a larger green space between the new buildings and the abutting properties on Ford Street.

People living within 750 feet of the proposed development will receive a survey in the mail. The town's director of planning will make a report and recommendations for the planning advisory committee, which then makes a recommendation to council.

Council will have a public hearing before making a decision.

Wallace was unable to be reached for comment. In 2007, Wallace appealed the town's decision to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board but later withdrew the appeal.

Organizations: Truro town council, Ron Wallace Realty, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Geographic location: 16 Park St., Ford Street

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