A hanging sign on the former Dairy Queen property at 16 King St. E. suggests a condominium development could be ‘Coming Soon,’ but the proposal for an eight-story mixed-use building still has several hurdles to clear before moving forward.
City of Hamilton planning staff said there have been no submissions to meet the remaining conditions for site plan approval since the summer of 2020, and no conditions have been lifted since May 2020.
City spokeswoman Michelle Shantz said the most recent site plan review activity was a request to extend the conditional site plan approval originally received in 2018 until May 3. 2023.
Owner and claimant MIR Developments Inc. apparently did not submit a request for a minor variance either.
In May 2020, planning staff said that if the applicant made the necessary changes to comply in all respects with the property’s zoning bylaw, minor variances would not be required. If changes are not made, minor deviations will be required.
Requirements to be met before applying for a building permit include final building elevations as well as a letter of credit and insurance for municipal infrastructure.
After applying for a building permit, 18 other conditions must be met before the city issues the permit. These conditions included: site servicing plan, payment of taxes, construction management plan, transportation demand management report, geotechnical and hydrological briefing, and minor variances — if required.
“No additional conditions have been lifted since May 2020, and no new submissions to clear conditions since August 2020,” Shantz said.
The current proposal for the site is an eight-storey mixed-use development with three ground floor commercial units and 68 residential units, plus an underground parking level with a total of 76 parking spaces.
A new Dairy Queen was suggested as a possibility 10 years ago in one of the business units, replacing the DQ which closed in 2012.
The company’s director of corporate communications, Amie Hoffner, said Dairy Queen is not currently involved in talks about a new outlet in Dundas, but the company is interested in the local market.
The original application was amended in the fall of 2013, increasing the total number of proposed residential units from 55 to 71 and removing one of the two levels of underground parking in favor of a second level of parking above the units commercial ground floor – with seven residential floors above.
City planning staff said above-grade parking was needed to prevent flooding into the lowest underground parking level from a high water table.
The proposal was amended again in 2018 with a new site plan application for the current proposal.