City staff are recommending council approve an application to add more residential units to a waterfront development in south Bonson.
The recommendation to rezone four remaining empty parcels of land in Osprey Village comes after more than a year of tweaking the proposal.
The four parcels, located on Barnston View Road, are at the centre of the development. Mosaic Homes wants to build four three-storey buildings containing a total of 24 residential units and 12 ground-level commercial units, almost double the minimum square footage required by the development covenant.
But city councillors remain concerned that Mosaic may walk away from the development before a chapel and restaurant are built.
Mayoral candidate coun. Deb Walters wants a commitment from Mosaic before she supports the staff recommendation, which was presented to council at a committee meeting on Tuesday.
“Do we see a chapel there or a gazebo, and if so, when?” she said, adding she was happy to see the project finally return to council.
“This has dragged on for far too long. I hope we can come to some sort of resolution.”
As part of its rezoning application, Mosaic is committing to contribute an additional $20,000 to the project’s public art budget; transfer 15 of 40 parking stalls to the city and provide a two-year rent-free artist-in-residence with a co-op gallery in one of the proposed commercial units fronting on Barnston View Rd.