Planning committee approves zoning changes to allow for 8-storey Glebe retirement home

A new retirement home and care facility could be coming to the Glebe.

The City's Planning committee has approved zoning changes to allow construction of an eight-storey, mixed use building at 890 and 900 Bank Street.

The property, at Bank and Thornton, would become a 160-room retirement home with commercial space on the ground floor.

The proposal faced backlash from the community, who worried the tall structure would ruin the character of the neighbourhood. 580 people signed a petition against the building.

The current zoning allows for a maximum height of 15 meters. The change would allow the building to be up to 26 meters tall. A proposed amendment to limit the height to 20 meters was defeated in committee.

The plan must still go before full City Council on April 26 for final approval.