Rezoning of Sacred Heart School

Krystine Therriault - Seaway News
Rezoning of Sacred Heart School

City council recently approved the rezoning of 1424 Aubin Avenue from Residential 20 to Residential 20-11.

Sacred Heart School, closed in June 2018, is being converted into a health and wellness campus offering recreation, sports, fitness, cultural space, and community support services. An office for an amateur sports or recreation organization is also allowed in the space.

The rezoning application was deferred at the July 18th, 2022, Planning Advisory & Hearing Committee (PAC) meeting due to concerns in the neighbourhood around parking, lighting, fencing, and noise on the property.

In their report to council, the Department of Planning, Development and Recreation shared that the building’s conversion requires some internal renovations and changes to the site including the reconstruction of an existing accessibility ramp to ensure barrier-free access and an on-site parking area sufficient to avoid spill-over onto the streets.

The building owner has taken these things into account and updated the site plan to also include a consolidated entrance to the campus on Fifteenth Street, fencing off access to other entrances.

“I just have a question for Mr. Boileau. Mark, have we met all of the residents concerns that they had at the PAC meeting?” asked councillor Gardiner at the meeting.

“I believe we have. I think we’re going to continue to work with them on some of the issues they raised regarding parking and traffic,” explained Boileau, General Manager, Planning, Development and Recreation.

The Department of Infrastructure will be consulted to make sure the health and wellness campus can operate smoothly and not negatively impact area residents.

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