The brand new house owners of a vacant feed mill in Conestogo envision the spot reborn as one thing of an leisure hub, with a banquet corridor, restaurant, gallery, studio and maybe even a craft distillery. To get there, nevertheless, they’ll want new zoning for the positioning.
The properties at 1795 and 1805 Sawmill Rd. – the previous W-S Feed & Provide headquarters –are inside the Conestogo city boundary however are zoned agricultural, with a site-specific provision for a feed mill. The proprietor, Conestogo Mill Inc., desires to alter the site-specific stats to allow a variety of combined business makes use of.
Underneath the zone-change utility, the proprietor is seeking to a 4 half utilization for the three.5-acre web site, specializing in the previous mill constructing. The three-storey jap portion could be for the widest vary of makes use of, together with an meeting corridor, banquet amenities, business leisure, showrooms and indoor storage/warehousing. The 2-storey western a part of the previous mill might home accent makes use of to these choices, in addition to a small-form distillery, supervisor of planning Jeremy Vink advised Woolwich councillors assembly by way of videoconference on Tuesday night time.
Steve Jefferson, a planner with Ok. Good Associates representing Conestogo Mill Inc. stated the plan is to repurpose the vacant mill for quite a lot of functions tailor-made to the checklist of economic makes use of finest suited to the positioning. A small distillery is being proposed, however shouldn’t be a part of the speedy plans.
“The landowners have investigated the potential for the set up of a craft distillery. The constructing plans at the moment don’t embrace that use. If it deemed possible to pursue sooner or later, the landowners must undergo the specialised design course of for the gear, topic to the approval of the township’s chief constructing official,” he stated.
Along with the applicant, only one different particular person addressed the general public assembly, neighbouring resident Eilleen Yorysh, who raised issues in regards to the suitability of the challenge, particularly with reference to parking and visitors points.
“The size of the proposal of this improvement could also be too massive for this web site, together with the proposed future enhancements, which might solely trigger future parking issues, particularly if there’s multiple occasion happening concurrently,” she stated in a written assertion to councillors.
“Sightlines will not be straightforward with entry to coming into or leaving together with your property. Sawmill Highway is a slender highway on the driveways. One driveway is on a curve The opposite is steep and tough to make use of. And expertise reveals that visitors backup will probably trigger unsafe congestion.”
Yorysh additionally raised the issues introduced up by her neighbours, together with noise points, the prospect of extra business improvement on adjoining properties and lighting on the positioning.
Addressing a few of the points raised, Jefferson famous that parking research discovered the event would want 77 areas, with the plan offering room for 80. On the visitors entrance, the plan could be to carry just one occasion at a time, decreasing parking and visitors issues.
The location adjoining the river was the longtime house of W-S Feed & Provides, with operated there for greater than 4 many years beginning in 1967, however which has been vacant for a number of years. The November 3 assembly was a public data session, with council making no choices. A report will come again to council at a later date as soon as planning employees have reviewed the applying and public feedback.