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Curling club plan moves on

The Guelph Curling Club’s plan to lease out most of its site for a commercial and residential development, while keeping the curling club where it is for the time being, is closer to becoming reality.
The plan, which requires rezoning of the site, didn’t draw any opposition Monday when it came before council for public comment.
When it returns to council, it will come with recommendations from the city’s planning department.
The plan for the 9.6-acre property at the city’s northern limit, behind the shopping centre where Wal-Mart is located, includes 42,000 square feet of commercial space in four buildings. That’s in addition to the existing 26,300-sq.-ft. curling club, which will keep being used for curling “in the medium term,” says a city staff report.
The plan also includes a total of 31 three-storey townhouses within three buildings at the north end of the site. These residences will act as a good “buffer” between the new commercial buildings and the “pastoral” setting of the Marymount cemetery north of the site, said Nancy Shoemaker, a consultant representing the curling club.
The development will be well connected with the Smart Centre shopping mall on Woodlawn Road, council was told.

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