Dairy Queen franchisee interesting growth allow denial from Metropolis of Calgary

2021-04-23 07:46:55

The franchisee of a Dairy Queen on Centre Avenue within the metropolis’s northeast, together with the property’s proprietor, are interesting a choice by the Metropolis of Calgary planning division to reject a growth 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} hearth.

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

“They’ve principally 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 hearth 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 growth allow to rebuild the restaurant with some modernizations.

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

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

The denial was additionally a shock to Shim, who thought the rejection was the top of the highway for rebuilding his mother and father’ restaurant.

“We didn’t anticipate anything however simply going ahead with it,” Shim mentioned. “So the rejection was very shocking.”

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

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In line with 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 us at the moment zoned.

The location, which sits on the nook of Centre Avenue North and 18 Avenue Northeast, is 300 metres from a future LRT station as the realm is ready 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 Growth Plan.

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

In line with the paperwork, drive-through eating places are discouraged within the plan for Centre Avenue as they “detract from the pedestrian buying setting.”

“There is no such thing as a denying we’d like to see a undertaking that’s blended, that’s dense and that’s city, that will leverage the longer term Inexperienced Line service and assist Centre Avenue to rework the present auto-oriented setting… to a spot that’s higher aligned with the imaginative and prescient for this foremost avenue,” 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 think about tasks which might be related in nature, with the caveat the event strains up with the practices and insurance policies within the plan.

In line with Beck, the appliance was thought of by the planning division as a brand new growth and never a rebuild of the restaurant.

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

“Nonetheless, if we take this strategy and don’t attempt to affect the constructing kind 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 buddy of the Shims, mentioned he hopes the enchantment board reconsiders town’s resolution, because the Dairy Queen employed greater than 20 individuals earlier than the fireplace.

“Simply due to the misfortune of any person having their enterprise burn down and eager to rebuild it once more, I don’t suppose town’s Municipal Growth Plan ought to trump getting a enterprise again,” Wong mentioned.

Finally, the choice on what to do subsequent with the land if the enchantment is defeated might be as much as the property homeowners. Gordon mentioned there isn’t the flexibility to develop a multi-storey mixed-use constructing on the positioning, nor a lot curiosity.

“We simply should not, can’t, and should not concerned about growing it as town needed us to do,” Gordon mentioned.

A choice from the Subdivision and Growth Attraction Board on the proposal is anticipated in two weeks.

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