The corner of Bagshaw and Highway 19A near downtown Pakrsville will get an upgrade with the renovation of the former video store.
The Pizza Hut will stay but the rest of the building will be converted into an Eat Fresh Urban Market after council unanimously issued a development permit to owner Clayton Baker on Aug. 7.
The small parking lot in the front corner will be transformed into a green courtyard area and the larger parking lot further up Bagshaw will be better organized to accommodate all the required 13 parking spaces.
The small house in the middle of the parking lot is in great shape and will remain, Baker said.
“I am quite pleased with council’s decision,” he later told The NEWS, adding he is looking forward to starting his business at that location.
There will be a small 29 sq.m (314 sq.ft.) addition in the corner and landscaping and facade improvements.
The property is already zoned Downtown Commercial C-3 which permits a commercial store and food catering facility.
The report from staff said the Advisory Design Panel made several recommendations including reconsidering the cedar post composition, colour scheme and some of the choices around the corner park/terrace.
But it concludes that while not all the changes were made, “the project manager has made an informed effort to adhere to the intent of the development permit guidelines.”
“I love it, I think this is fantastic,” said mayor Chris Burger, who added that the current small parking lot on the corner is problematic.
“I think it’s consistent with what our long term goals have been, a small scale downtown revitalization project. This will be a tremendous improvement to the status quo.”