Council unanimously approves controversial redevelopment for Kensington Legion
Residents say 31 metre building will cast shadows on nearby homes
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Calgary city Council has approved a controversial development in West Hillhurst that will see the Kensington Legion get a new location.
Truman Development Corporation had submitted an application to build an eight storey (31 metre) multi-unit residential and commercial building in the community.
Residents were opposed to the building, mainly due to its height and the shadows it would cast on residential properties in the community.
The project was especially contentious because through a deal with Truman Homes, the Royal Canadian Legion will get a new legion building in exchange for giving up its Kensington Legion property.
Residents were careful to speak in favour of the Legion, while criticizing the size of the main development.
West Hillhurst doesn’t have an area redevelopment plan, so residents were pointing to the municipal development plan for guidelines on what sort of building would fit in the community.
Gary Reynolds, a member of the West Hillhurst Community Association, told council they were willing to compromise at a height of 26 metres.
A steady stream of concerned residents addressed council through the afternoon, but in the end there was a unanimous vote in favour of the development.