Citizen voices concern over Crescent Park properties

Lisa Goudy
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John Parsons has concerns about possible site restrictions for properties surrounding Crescent Park.

“The biggest problem to me is rear lane usage and the necessary clearance. This is particularly when you’re dealing with parking, parking access from the rear lane (and) the biggest problem being underground parking,” said Parsons, who made a presentation to executive committee at Monday’s meeting.

The resident and owner on the 100 block of Hochelaga Street East, which backs the lane behind Athabasca Street East, said his concerns relate to a proposed 24-suite apartment building at the 100 block of Athabasca Street East, which is directly to the south and across the lane from his residence.

His presentation was in response to Coun. Brian Swanson’s motion to have “zoning requirements for front, side and rear setback and maximum site coverage for development on streets facing Crescent Park be subject of a report to Executive Committee.”

At Monday’s meeting, Parsons provided a series of eight photos to councillors showing his concerns. He asked council to consider access to parking, waste storage and pick-up, service vehicles and movers.

In the first photo, it shows Athabasca Towers’ underground parking.

“This car, which is turning the corner much tighter than most, is still well onto the neighbour across the alley’s property,” said Parsons. “This is because of inadequate turning clearance into Athabasca Towers.”

In photo two, without the car, car tracks are across the corner of someone’s property. Photos three and four show similar situations for the Regency and Park Royale. Photo five shows a vacant lot across from Parsons that has “adequate width to the entrance” but still vehicles drive onto the property for entry and exit, he said.

Photo six depicts the back of Crescent View Retirement Home. It has zero rear setback, which means the building is built to the edge of the lot line.

“You can see the peak shadow that that creates in the alley. Of course, the properties across the alley are going to be in the shade being to the north of this building,” said Parsons.

The eighth photo is of the electrical panel for Crescent View incorporated into the side of the building facing the lane.

“It’s a creative way to accommodate it without actually jutting into the lane, but any service on that panel would require a technician to be well into the lane when servicing it,” said Parsons.

His seventh photo is the east lane showing garbage containers in the lane.

“I’m not 100 per cent positive that these site coverage restrictions will solve all these problems. They won’t,” said Parsons. “The proper design could alleviate all the things I’ve talked about and still use the full lot kind of thing, but there’s no guarantee of that going in. So right now we have a development appeals board request for anyone who wishes to modify these things.

“If council makes this change, further developments would go ahead without that examining.”

Coun. Patrick Boyle said no motions for action are being discussed other than to receive a report.

“I find it particularly interesting the pictures of … Crescent View Retirement Home,” added Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick. “I wasn’t aware that it was literally right on the alley. That’s quite telling and I really truly believe that when decisions are being made, this will have some bearing for sure.”

Executive voted to receive and file the report. Because Swanson was absent from the meeting, his motion regarding a report for zoning requirements was tabled.

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Organizations: Executive Committee, Park Royale

Geographic location: Crescent Park, Athabasca Towers, Crescent View

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