Planning committee green-lights Slater Street tower

Despite some concerns about available green space and the type of retail that may move in, the city’s planning committee Tuesday unanimously approved rezoning for a 27-storey mixed-use tower at 383 Slater St. at the corner of Bay.

The site is currently home to the two-storey Alterna Savings & Credit Union building and falls in Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney’s ward.

Ms. McKenney, who does not sit on the planning committee, was at the meeting expressing her concerns about shrinking green space in the downtown core. She also echoed some of her residents’ wishes for a grocery store on the main floor of Broccolini Construction’s proposed tower, which would include 300 rental apartments and ground-floor commercial space.

Some of the language from the last planning committee meeting emerged once again, with Ms. McKenney saying the building would have the “wow” factor if such a store were included.

Residents also said they were concerned about the tower’s proposed entrance and exits being located near a busy bike lane and current OC Transpo stop.

Council will vote on the Slater Street proposal on Nov. 25.

The committee also recommended rezoning 3605 Paul Anka Dr. to make room for a 93-unit hotel complex. Manor Park Management wants to turn its property at the corner of Paul Anka Drive and Dean Martin Crescent into a Homewood Suites by Hilton.