Business briefs – March 30

A multi-family building proposed for a site near the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre has received a thumbs-up from the city’s municipal planning commission.

Multi-family building approved

A multi-family building proposed for a site near the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre has received a thumbs-up from the city’s municipal planning commission.

J2K Inc. was seeking approval for a three-storey building with a pair of two-bedroom units on each floor at 3715 51st Ave.

Its proposal called for 10 parking stalls, including six underground — one fewer than required under the city’s land-use bylaw. The company also wanted relaxations of the city’s maximum allowable site coverage area, minimum front and side yard setbacks, minimum allowable frontage and minimum allowable site area.

Administration commented favourably on the extensive landscaping proposed for the project and the building design. Councillor Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer agreed, describing it as a “very attractive-looking piece of work.”

An existing house on the lot is to be demolished.


Temporary tents may stay

An application to the city to allow a temporary tent structure that dates back to 2003 to remain for another three years has been approved — but not before eyebrows were raised at a municipal planning commission meeting.

Waterous Power Systems was seeking the approval for a 3,500-square-foot tent structure at 7980 Edgar Industrial Dr. The tent, which is used for storage, was initially authorized on a temporary basis seven years ago, with an extension granted in 2007.

The commission heard that Waterous is leasing the property and doesn’t want to build a permanent building. It was also told that the tent is in good condition and that similar structures exist nearby.

But some members wanted to know how many extensions could be granted, and when temporary buildings become permanent.

Although it granted the extension for the Waterous tent, the commission suggested that a policy governing such structures should be developed.


Key Towing constructing shop

Key Towing and Storage has received site development approval for construction of a new shop and office building at its 4083 78th St. Cr. premises.

The company plans to construct a 6,000-square-foot building east of its existing 1,900-square-foot building.

As part of its approval, the commission agreed to relax the minimum front yard setback for the building from the required 15 metres to 10 metres. The existing building is also set back 10 metres.


Sports cards in Riverlands

The Riverlands might soon be a good place to trade sports cards.

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission on Monday gave its approval for a sports card, comic and collectible store to operate at E13, 5560 45th St. That’s in the Riverlands district, an area west of the downtown that is being developed as a pedestrian-friendly residential and commercial area.

The application was made by DJS Sports Cards.