Senior homes being considered for Young Street

Published on January 27, 2014
Mark Nash and Glenda Edwards are encouraged their application with the Town of Truro to erect a 20-unit residential development on Young Street may be accepted. They attended a planning advisory committee meeting on Monday night where the proposal was discussed, before being sent to town council for further review. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News

TRURO - A proposed 20-unit residential development on the top of Young Street is one step closer to becoming reality.

The development agreement application by Anglerite Dash Rental Enterprises Limited, out of Enfield, was reviewed by the Town of Truro’s planning advisory committee on Monday night. According to planning and development documents, the application is for a 20-unit residential development at 474 Young St. consisting of six one-storey buildings, each having three or four townhouse-style dwelling units. There would be six separate buildings: two buildings would have four units and four buildings would have three units.

The proposed area is “currently undeveloped and forested” and is immediately south of the Gero Walkway, said planning and development director Jason Fox.

Fox said, in the report, that the proposal “will make a positive contribution to our community,” that it’s “consistent with planning policies” of the town and staff are recommending to Truro town council the application be accepted. That recommendation would be contingent upon the developers preparing a stormwater management plan that is acceptable to the town engineer as well as including in their application fencing for privacy of the units’ residents and neighbours.

Project developer Mark Nash told the Truro Daily News he was “excited” the application process is continuing onto council for further discussion and decision. He said he’s willing to work with the engineer to consider stormwater management options.

“There are a few options,” Nash said, adding the buildings, if approved, will be for seniors and monthly rent is expected to be between $900 to $1,100.

Nash said he would also talk with area residents who were fearful about whether or not development would add to water run-off issues.

“There’s a bit of fear when you keep expanding and keep expanding that there is nowhere for the water to go,” said town Coun. Tom Chisholm, who is a member of the planning advisory committee.

Coun. Greg MacArthur, also a committee member, added, “changed makes people nervous. Use common sense … talk with the neighbours.”

A questionnaire recently circulated to property owners within 750 feet of the proposed developed resulted in only 22 replies. Fifty per cent were in favour of the development, while 27.3 per cent were opposed and 22.7 per cent didn’t have an opinion.

During the meeting, neighbour Joyce Smithers voiced her opinion.

“I think it would be great for the area. It would make the area much nicer,” Smithers said. She was the only public member to speak about the project.

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