This conceptual drawing presents an idea of how a re-development project for the former Walkers building in Truro could look. Local developer Jon Keddy is optimistic the project, which includes rental lofts, businesses and an outdoor market place, will be accepted by the town in the near future. Submitted photo
TRURO – A Truro developer is optimistic his intentions to re-develop the former Walkers building on Prince Street will happen in just a matter of time.
Jon Keddy told the Truro Daily News on Tuesday that he’s “optimistic the town will support” the development proposal “as presented.”
“My goal is to create an unique loft experience and I hope to (offer) a vibrant market and (ground level) businesses to draw a large number of people to the downtown core. This may help bring positive development and growth in the regional core,” Keddy said, adding he couldn’t comment at this time as to how much rent would cost for the lofts.
He added a concept for a market place outside the building, along the parking lot and facing Dairy Queen, is “not to interfere with the Truro Farmers’ Market.”
The concept is still in the preliminary stages. The proposal consists of using the current building for 15 residential units and commercial space on the ground floor. Conceptual floor plans show two one-bedroom units, and five two-bedroom units on each of the upper two floors. The ground floor will retain its current commercial retail use except for one two-bedroom apartment at the rear.
The plan doesn’t include expansion of the building, which could keep the brick design or have panelling over the brick for a more modern look. Balconies are mentioned in the development application as well as options for parking, which would be at the rear and between the building and Dairy Queen.
Keddy submitted an application for a development agreement in mid-July. The town’s planning advisory committee conducted a preliminary review of the proposal on July 29 and initial feedback from the committee “was generally positive,” according to the committee report by the town’s planning director, Jason Fox.
“Although there was some discussion about the need for more emphasis on landscaped amenity space as opposed to parking areas. In response to the committee’s comments, (Keddy) has updated the proposal to include the option for more outdoor amenity space at street level …” said Fox in an updated report, which was dated Aug. 22.
The next step in the process, said Fox, is to mail out a survey to all property owners within 750 feet of the proposed development. The information will be discussed at another planning advisory committee meeting later this month. It’s expected a public hearing on the project will take place during the Nov. 4 town council meeting, which is open to the public.
It was previously stated by Fox that if the project is approved, Keddy could possibly get building permits by early December.