Jeff Heuchert, Stratford Gazette
Stratford’s growing south end could be expanding further to include a financial institution, restaurant and vehicle repair shop.
An application has been submitted to the city to rezone a portion of the Erie Street property next to the Expressway Ford dealership and Union Gas building. Under the site’s current zoning, the restaurant and bank would not be permitted.
Planning consultant Ian Rawlings, of IBI Group, made a brief presentation about the proposed development at a public meeting during council Tuesday evening. He said the stretch of businesses along the street have been very successful due to the broad mix of tenants the city has permitted to set up over the years through similar rezoning applications.
“We’re looking to continue that trend in a rezoning to respond to a specific opportunity that exists,” he added.
If the application is successful, Rawlings said his client is hopeful to attract a bank to the city’s south end, something he suggested is very much needed and desired by the businesses in the area.
“From the feedback my clients are getting ... they too look forward to the opportunity to work with a local bank, one that would be within walking distance.”
Rawlings noted sighting of the three buildings would be a challenge due to the transmission towers that run through the property, but could be worked around.
No one in attendance at the meeting spoke either in favour or against the proposal, which will be considered at a future meeting of the planning and heritage committee.