Developer seeks OK to add to Masonville apartment buildings – The London Free Press

A London developer with plans for two apartment buildings on Richmond Street in the Masonville neighbourhood is hoping council will get behind its request to amend the London Plan, the document that governs how the city grows.

The application submitted by Zelinka Priamo Ltd. seeks to add one storey each to a previously proposed plan for the two six-storey buildings approved for the site, 1631 to 1649 Richmond – part of the northern gateway to the city.

Ward 7 Coun.Josh Morgan, who represents the area, is encouraged with the compromises the developer has made so far, such as increasing a buffer of green space at the property from 15 metres to 25.

“In this case, the developer worked very closely with the local community,” Morgan said Wednesday.

“The community was supportive of adding a storey under certain conditions, which the developer did meet,” Morgan added. “The community was also supportive of maintaining a high percentage of underground parking and that was accommodated in the design as well.”

“This is a good example of a developer working with a community association,” he noted.

The hoped-for greater density at that site fits with the area’s projected future as a hub for bus rapid transit.

The amendment will be discussed next Monday at a meeting of the planning and environment committee.

“There was significant community concern about this application,” city staff note in a report to the committee. “A community information meeting was subsequently held by the applicant at the request of staff in April 2018 at the London Public Library Masonville Branch.”

“If the community is on board,” then so is he, Morgan said. “If the community had significant concerns, I would be raising them.”