Proposed Wolfville dorm-style development to be reviewed

Wendy Elliott
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A plan to build a large, commercial/residential building across from St. Andrew’s United Church in Wolfville has gone back to the drawing board.

A capacity crowd at the community development committee meeting Nov. 22 convinced committee members to have the project reviewed.

Residents expressed concerns about the mass, design, parking and other issues related to a proposal for a three-storey building with 71 loft-style apartments.

Plans had been to demolish the existing building at 336 Main St. - once the town’s Home Hardware outlet and a gas station before 1975 – and cover nearly 100 per cent of the lot with the new building.

Stephen Drahos, who lives across the street in a single-family home, is against the development.

In a letter to the committee, he stated, “we feel strongly that off campus dorms located downtown next to the bars without the inherent controls that university officials can impose on issues such as late night partying, drinking and parking can only lead to further problems in these areas, all out of the control of the town.”

Iris Hutton, who owns the neighbouring building at 344 Main St., has also registered her objections to the proposed density and potential for noise related the project.

 

Organizations: United Church

Geographic location: Wolfville

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