New condo plans for old Sidney fire hall site

A six-storey, mixed-used development with 85 units and ground-floor retail could replace Sidney’s old Fire Hall, which was sold for $9 million in May.

RELATED: Sidney sells fire hall for $9 million

The project, designed by Praxis Architects and Chris Foyd, is made up of two buildings. The first, at six-storeys in height, is a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units and five ground-floor retail spaces that face onto Third Street. There is an additional three-story wing for office/retail use that faces Second Street (currently a parking lot for Fire Hall use).

The announcement came shortly after the approval of the Cameo project, which is to replace the existing Star Cinema with a six-storey mixed-use building, with a new movie theatre as its centre.

RELATED: New Star Cinema proposal approved

For building residents and office workers, the project is to have an 86-stall underground parkade, and the developers are also proposing a 35-stall surface parking lot for public use that would be controlled by the Town of Sidney. When the old fire hall site was originally listed for sale, a condition of sale was to retain at least 30 surface parking stalls. The current surface parking lot has 47 stalls.

In a staff report to be delivered to Sidney’s town council on June 25, the developers note that they do not anticipate every resident of the 85 units to have a car, so 66 stalls will be dedicated to them, and 20 stalls will be for the employees of the commercial space. Customers would be served by the 35-stall public lot.

The Development Permit and Development Variance Permit for 9821 & 9837 Third Street will be before Sidney Town Council Monday June 25. Staff recommend forwarding the application to the Advisory Planning Commission for further review and comment.

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