Most mornings I start my day with an email from Brandon Donnelly – a developer and, shall we say, urban influencer in Toronto. (You can check out his blog and sign up for his city-building email at brandondonnelly.com.)
I particularly like his posts for their Canadian content – like this example from Calgary:
I have written, many times over the years, about small-scale commercial uses in residential neighborhoods. Here in Toronto, they are generally not permitted. The small convenience stores and bodegas that remain are often legal non-conforming uses.
Today I came across a great example fromCalgary. I don’t know if it was done on an as-of-right basis or if variances were needed, but it is an example of small-scale commercial on a site that used to be low-rise residential.
Here is the before (from street view):
Here is the after:
More details here.
We could do this.