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Public hearing Thursday for planned downtown Dartmouth development

Another substantial development planned for downtown Dartmouth will be put to a public hearing on Thursday night.

Michael Napier Architecture has proposed a seven-storey mixed-use building at the corner of Ochterloney and Victoria roads.

Lotus Point Living includes more than 3,000 square feet of commercial space and 51 residential units, more than the density currently permitted under local zoning laws.

Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission executive director Tim Rissesco calls it an “excellent” development and said the increased density shouldn’t be cause for opposition.

“I think you have to have balance between development and the economics of it,” he said. “If it’s slightly higher density but it encourages further development in the downtown area, that’s not a big concern for me.”

Area councillor Gloria McCluskey says she hasn’t heard any concerns from residents about the project, and said she’s personally reserving judgment until after the meeting.

“It kind of fits in with what’s around there, but I guess we’ll see,” she said. “Hopefully people won’t be unhappy with it, because it looks like it’ll be a nice development.”

Local residents raised several concerns about another development proposed for nearby Irishtown Road at a public meeting in June. Participants were unhappy with the scale of the three apartment buildings, the design and the proximity to Greenvale School.

Rissesco says he doesn’t anticipate similar concerns at tonight’s meeting, but encouraged any local resident with strong feelings for or against the development to show up.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Alderney Gate Library.

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