Dairy Queen franchisee interesting improvement allow denial from Metropolis of Calgary

Dairy Queen franchisee appealing development permit denial from City of Calgary

2021-04-23 07:46:55

The franchisee of a Dairy Queen on Centre Road in northeast Calgary — together with the property’s proprietor — are interesting a call by the town’s planning division to reject a improvement allow to rebuild after the restaurant burned down.

In October 2019, the Dairy Queen was gutted by a hearth, which was later decided to be {an electrical} fireplace.

The restaurant was run for six years by a Korean household that immigrated to Canada in 2001. The franchisees, Jukyun and Heesin Shim, had been hoping to rebuild after the loss.

“They’ve mainly put in each penny that they’ve saved up into this franchise once we began in 2013,” their son John Shim mentioned.

“To them, this fireplace is each penny that they’ve saved up burning away.”

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In January, the household and the property’s proprietor utilized for a improvement allow to rebuild the restaurant with some modernizations.

Nevertheless, the event allow was rejected by the Metropolis of Calgary after an evaluation of the proposal.

“We felt blindsided by the town after they turned us right down to rebuild the constructing,” mentioned Sheila Gordon, the property proprietor’s daughter-in-law.

The denial was additionally a shock to John Shim, who thought the rejection was the top of the street for rebuilding his dad and mom’ restaurant.

“We didn’t count on the rest however simply going ahead with it,” he mentioned. “So the rejection was very shocking.”

Their enchantment of the choice was in entrance of the Subdivision and Growth Enchantment Board on Thursday.

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Based on metropolis paperwork, there have been a number of components that contributed to the rejection of the allow, regardless of being “technically sound” and in compliance with how the land is presently zoned.

The positioning, which sits on the nook of Centre Road N. and 18 Avenue N.E., is 300 metres from a future LRT station as the world is about to be a cease on the longer term Inexperienced Line route.

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The paperwork included within the enchantment mentioned the proposal to rebuild the Dairy Queen doesn’t line up with insurance policies included within the municipal improvement plan.

Metropolis officers designated Centre Road has an city important road as a part of the event plan, which features a greater focus of jobs, city density, residential and industrial mixed-use developments, in addition to entry to transit.

Based on the paperwork, drive-thru eating places are discouraged within the plan for Centre Road as they “detract from the pedestrian buying surroundings.”

“There is no such thing as a denying we’d like to see a undertaking that’s combined, that’s dense and that’s city, that will leverage the longer term Inexperienced Line service and assist Centre Road to remodel the prevailing auto-oriented surroundings… to a spot that’s higher aligned with the imaginative and prescient for this important road,” Metropolis of Calgary senior planner Martin Beck mentioned through the enchantment assembly.

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Beck mentioned the planning division is “greater than prepared” to contemplate tasks which might be comparable in nature, with the caveat that the event strains up with the practices and insurance policies within the plan.

Based on Beck, the applying was thought of by the planning division as a brand new improvement and never a rebuild of the restaurant.

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“If authorized as is, with what clearly in our opinion is an auto-oriented design use and improvement might not make a big distinction within the improvement type and cloth of this space and Centre Road,” Beck mentioned.

“Nevertheless, if we take this method and don’t attempt to affect the constructing type on a case-by-case foundation, it will be very tough for administration and Calgary as a complete to maneuver in direction of the imaginative and prescient put in place by council.”

Terry Wong, a household pal of the Shims, mentioned he hopes the enchantment board reconsiders the town’s choice, because the Dairy Queen employed greater than 20 individuals earlier than the fireplace.

“Simply due to the misfortune of anyone having their enterprise burn down and eager to rebuild it once more, I don’t suppose the town’s municipal improvement plan ought to trump getting a enterprise again,” he mentioned.

In the end, the choice on what to do subsequent with the land if the enchantment is defeated will likely be as much as the property house owners. Gordon mentioned there isn’t the power to develop a multi-storey mixed-use constructing on the positioning, nor a lot curiosity.

“We simply usually are not, can’t, and usually are not focused on creating it as the town needed us to do,” Gordon mentioned.

A choice from the Subdivision and Growth Enchantment Board on the proposal is predicted in two weeks.

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