Planning committee endorses 2 big developments, sends back halal slaughterhouse

A rendering of a proposed development at 420 Fanshawe Park Rd. in London, Ont.

A city committee burned the midnight oil tackling three high-profile projects in London Tuesday.

In a special meeting of the planning and environment committee at the Wolfe Performace Hall, councillors rubber-stamped two development projects and sent one business proposal for a slaughterhouse back to staff for government approval.

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City politicians endorsed plans to build a four-storey, 142-unit apartment building at 420 Fanshawe Park Rd., west of Adelaide Street. The treed lot, previously owned by three prominent London families, including the Poole family, has been occupied by a single-family home since the late 1800s.

Many neighbours fought against the project, saying it didn’t fit the neighbourhood, put it was approved by the committee.

Councillors also approved a plan that would see Info-Tech Research Group build a new home downtown on Ridout Street between York Street and King Street.

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The development will see three historic buildings at 345, 349 and 351 Ridout Street demolished, while four other buildings will be repurposed.

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Committee members decided to hit pause on a plan to approve a slaughterhouse within the city limits at 8076 Longwoods Road, west of Lambeth. The abattoir would produce halal meat for members of London’s Muslim community but requires a rezoning.

Ultimately, councillors decided to send the proposal back to staff, asking that it be approved by provincial and federal regulators before it returns to the city for rezoning.

All three issues will go before full council next week.

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