Electronics store heads to public hearing

Plans to develop a large electronics store in the 1100 block of Broadway Avenue South will go to public hearing June 16.

An application to develop a large electronics store and accessory residential use in the 1100 block of Broadway Avenue South and Lakeview Crescent will go to a public hearing, after no one came forward from the public opposing the application.

At its regular meeting Tuesday, city council approved a public hearing for the project, scheduling it for July 16 at 7 p.m. in city hall chambers.

The application is from Blanleil Cranbrook Holdings Ltd. and Victor and Lyda Sharman, who have applied for a development permit and a zoning amendment.

All of council voted in favour of the applications, except for Coun. Danica Hughes who said she would be sad to see the present business location at Oliver Street and Third Avenue relocated from the downtown core to Broadway Avenue.

“One of our principles and goals is to support a vibrant downtown, and I’m not in support of moving a business from the downtown core,” Hughes said.

Mayor Cook who voted in support of the development permit, said she doesn’t want to see businesses relocate, but no one can be forced to stay where they don’t want to be.

Coun. Laurie Walters said the proponents explained they need room for big trucks to bring appliances in.

“Besides, in our official community plan we want to develop a lively downtown but we also have to take into consideration developing the area around Broadway Avenue,” Walters said.

Coun. Surinderpal Rathor agreed saying:

“I’m glad somebody is developing the Broadway and Lakeview site. It’s an eyesore.”