Nine year ap­pli­ca­tion process now ap­proved

Fam­ily of re­spected op­tometrists to ex­pand clinic into mixed-use build­ing by Ge­orge Redak

Bayview Post - - News -

A new devel­op­ment at 180 Shep­pard Ave. E. has been ap­proved fol­low­ing nine years in the ap­pli­ca­tion process, which in­volved op­po­si­tion from the lo­cal coun­cil­lor and res­i­dents as well as nu­mer­ous pro­posal re­sub­mis­sions.

The Sals­berg fam­ily took over the ex­ist­ing Eyes on Shep­pard op­tom­e­try clinic in 1989, along with two other res­i­den­tial build­ings that were on the same prop­erty. Stan Sals­berg con­tin­ued to op­er­ate the small prac­tice, ini­tially rent­ing out two of the build­ings to res­i­dents. Over time, as the prac­tice grew, more space was re­quired to op­er­ate in or­der to al­low for an in­creas­ing num­ber of doc­tors and staff. This led to the re­moval of the res­i­den­tial units, as Sals­berg turned the whole prop­erty into the cur­rent op­tom­e­try clinic with nine doc­tors and 25 staff mem­bers.

In May 2013, a zon­ing by­law amend­ment ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted to ac­com­mo­date a six-storey, mixed-use build­ing with 22 res­i­den­tial units. Due to the unique ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign, which is tri­an­gu­lar in shape and en­cased in glass, and the num­ber of units pro­posed for the build­ing, the city re­fused these ap­pli­ca­tions for be­ing out of char­ac­ter with the neigh­bour­hood.

“We had a lit­tle bit of re­sis­tance with some of the de­signs from the cer­tain com­mu­nity mem­bers,” said Kerry Sals­burg, Stan’s son, who also works at the clinic as an op­tometrist. “We had sev­eral meet­ings with the city as well, and they made it known that they wanted cer­tain de­sign ele­ments to be fol­lowed.”

The fi­nal pro­posal was cre­ated through a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Stan Sals­berg, the city and the neigh­bours at 170 Shep­pard Ave. W. The re­sult is a six-storey, mixed-use build­ing, with two floors of re­tail, park­ing spa­ces on the ground floor and a to­tal of eight res­i­den­tial units avail­able for rent.

“In our opin­ion, the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of the sub­ject prop­erty will in­ten­sify an un­der­uti­lized site,” said Jane McFarlane, an as­so­ciate with We­ston Con­sult­ing, the plan­ners hired to as­sess the pro­posal. “The prop­erty is well suited for mixed-use in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion given its prox­im­ity to tran­sit and other mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture.”

Now that an agree­ment has been reached be­tween the own­ers of both 170 and 180 Shep­pard Ave. W., and with the city’s ap­proval, Stan Sals­berg can fi­nally move for­ward with the devel­op­ment.

Con­struc­tion is slated to be­gin in the first quar­ter of 2019, with Eye on Shep­pard plan­ning to re­open in the sum­mer of 2020.

“They made it known that they wanted cer­tain de­sign ele­ments to be fol­lowed.”

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