Seniors’ three-plex housing unit to be constructed in Gore Bay

GORE BAY—Gore Bay council has given its approval for a zoning bylaw amendment for local developers to construct a seniors’ housing unit in Gore Bay.

“We are planning to build a three-plex seniors’ housing unit,” Kyle Noble (who is spearheading the project along with his brother Kurtis) told the Recorder after last week’s Gore Bay council meeting.

Prior to the regular Gore Bay council meeting last week, at a public meeting, council considered a zoning bylaw amendment for the application. Mayor Ron Lane informed council that the property is described as part lot 7, North side Park Street (No. 7 Gore Street) surveyed as part 1, Plan 31R-2809 and part of the Park street unopened road allowance.

The restricted area zoning bylaw number 80-19, which council approved, will rezone the property from residential zone to multiple family residential zone, and permit a north interior yard setback to be reduced from 2.4 metres to 1.0 metre for a proposed multiple dwelling. The property had been purchased by the proponents, from the town.

Access to the housing units will be from Gore Street, council was told.

Kyle Noble told the Recorder, “each of the units will be one level, with two bedrooms and full bath. Each of the units will be roughly 1,500 square foot in size.” The Nobles had constructed  a four-unit seniors’ complex in Gore Bay in 2015. “The design of the three-plex is similar to what we had done before.”

“We already have two of the three units spoken for,” said Mr. Noble. “We are looking at demolishing the former house on the property to be developed within the next two weeks, and having the foundation in by mid-August. Construction is slated to be complete January 1, 2017 with tenants able to move in at that time.”