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Lions Club/ROCK upgrade sidewalks, seek variance to add parking

Burlington Lions Club/ROCKYou may have noticed some construction work at the Burlington Lions Club/Reach Out Centre for Kids complex at Pearl and James, which will continue until Spring 2015.

ROCK and the Lions have provided this update:

The work being done by the contractor is generally safety oriented. Workers are replacing much of the interlocking stone walkways and patio areas with poured concrete to eliminate the ponding and uneven surfaces which could be tripping hazards. The contractor has also removed a portion of the fence that surrounded a children’s climbing unit that was removed several months ago. They will be removing the pea gravel in that area and prepare it for spring landscaping. We believe this will improve the appearance of this area.

The Burlington Lions Club will also be applying for a minor zoning variance to enable a limited number of additional parking spaces. The club hopes to convert a current asphalt covered loading/unloading zone by adding approximately 1’0 by 45”0 feet of asphalt to gain five standard sized parking spaces. The club also hopes to add four additional standard size spaces adjacent to where the climbing equipment was located.

No trees will be removed, and none of the proposed changes will affect the children’s climbing equipment or swings in the park area along Pearl Street, or the area of the soccer pitch. Burlington Lions members believe the above changes will further improve the appearance of our property.

My Take: The sidewalk upgrades are necessary. I will be looking for additional information from staff and Lions/ROCK regarding the additional parking required, where it’s going, how it’s configured and any loss of greenspace.  I prefer to avoid turn greenspace into parking.

Your Take: Residents within 60m of the site will receive notice of the date of the Committee of Adjustment hearing. Anyone can attend the hearing and provide feedback.  You can leave a public comment below.

 

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

What's your take?