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Town councillors express concerns over proposed seniors residence in Oakville

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Town councillors express concerns over proposed seniors residence in Oakville

A proposed seniors residence in Oakville has raised some concerns at a recent Planning and Development council meeting.

The proposed building, by the developer, Delmanor West Oak Inc., would stand eight storeys high and have 315 suites overlooking Lions Valley Park.

To build the proposed seniors residence, the rezoning of the vacant land from the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre & Banquet Hall would be required, as per the application that was submitted to the Town of Oakville.

At the meeting, a local resident expressed concerns over the height of the proposed building, noting that Delmanor’s seniors residence at Glen Abbey is only two storeys.

The height of the building was also a major concern for Whiteoaks Communication Group, a company that owns radio towers across Dundas St., who noted that the building could potentially impact radiation patterns.

Another point that was brought up during the meeting was the impact that radio frequencies could potentially have on medical devices such as pacemakers in the proposed seniors residence.

As a result, Ward 4 councillor Allan Elgar expressed his concerns and asked what would have to be done in order to prevent a potential impact on any medical devices.

The proposal also raised concerns from Ward 2 Councillor Ray Chisholm on how the town would deal with traffic coming in and out of the project.

Ward 5 Councillor Jeff Knoll also questioned whether the proposed building would impact access to nearby trails.

Along with the eight-storey building, the developer is also proposing 27 independent living units that would be one-and-half-storeys and arranged in four blocks.

While there were several voiced concerns at the meeting, the proposal highlighted several benefits that could come of the building. These included a continuum of care for Oakville’s elderly population and the fact that it would provide various employment opportunities.

Delmanor West Oak Inc. is set to resubmit a revised application further into 2021.

Photo: Town of Oakville

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