Mosaic asks for more homes in Osprey

Council still wants commitment on chapel, restaurant

Mosaic wants to rezone the four parcel in the centre of Osprey Village.

Mosaic wants to rezone the four parcel in the centre of Osprey Village.

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.