A City staff report stated the applicant proposed a congregate housing development with common amenity areas, including a large dining hall as part of three buildings.
Two levels of underground parking are included.
“From the Machleary St. frontage, the residential wings will present three-storey elevations and the central pavilion will present a one-storey elevation. From the Kennedy Street frontage, the residential wings will present five-storey elevations…” the staff report stated.
A public walkway was proposed on the north side of the property between Machleary and Kennedy streets.
NanaimoNewsNOW reached out to Molnar Group to get a sense of how long construction is expected and when the seniors’ housing facility is anticipated to open.
The seniors’ housing designation aligned with the area’s zoning requirements.
In the fall of 2019 city councillors rejected three, four-storey apartment style buildings for the property, which would have amounted to 175 new homes.
The 6-3 no-vote followed an impassioned public hearing process where several local residents opposed the development, with traffic congestion and safety being a top complaint.
About two years later a development permit was awarded by Nanaimo council for the new-look project.
In 2017 the former Malaspina Gardens care home was torn down.
The property was the site of Nanaimo’s hospital.
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