Red Tomato Pies eyes redevelopment

If all goes as planned, the owners of Red Tomato Pies will move their business into a new building of their own.

If all goes as planned, the owners of Red Tomato Pies will move their business into a new building of their own.

“We need a bigger space,” said Amanda Akeson, who along with her husband, Jason, have owned the franchise for five years.

The new location would only be half a block away west on Proctor Street, but it would allow for three apartments upstairs and space for a second business on the main floor.

Their application has one more step and goes to council on May 12, Akeson said while she stopped for a short break from preparing pizzas alongside her staff Wednesday night.

At last Tuesday’s regular council meeting a zoning amendment request by Sprucelee Construction to change the lot from two family residential to multi-use received no concerns during a public hearing, and was later given three readings.

Resident Elke Reiner praised the application because it  wasn’t asking for any variances and said she really liked the idea of apartments upstairs.

Akeson said they might do something themselves in the second space, but haven’t made any final decisions.

The hope is to begin construction in June, she added.

As is common, the zoning amendment will also go to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval.