City Committee Approves South Walkerville Retirement Home

Despite some concerns from residents and nearby business owners, the city's Development Standing Committee has approved a zoning amendment to allow a retirement home in south Walkerville.

The three-storey, 56-bed facility would be located on Seneca St. between Durham Pl. and Turner Rd.. The site would feature a common kitchen with a dining room along with a lounge, a library, a hobby room and administration offices.

Joe Passa lives nearby but is also developing town homes close to the proposed residential care facility.

He told the committee the proposed development is not a good fit for the neighbourhood.

"This new development as proposed to permit a 56-unit residential care facility to me is a gross over use of this site, which neglects good planning principles and is not consistent in massing and design with the neighbourhood as required by the city of Windsor official plan for in-fill developments," says Passa.

He also feels the proposed plan lacks parking.

"It will require additional parking for the proposed inhabitants with those cars impacting on the local side streets since there is not enough parking provided within this development," says Passa.  "I'm not objecting to a residential care facility use but whether the massing, the density of one large block apartment building and insufficient parking for this building, that is shoe horned onto this site."           

Passa also believes the site is just too big for south Walkerville.

The matter will now go to city council for final approval.