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Housing developments approved near Carmen's Way, Goulais Ave. (8 images)

Former St. Ann Catholic School is the latest vacant educational institution to be converted to apartments

Rezoning applications approved this week by City Council will add 29 apartments to the Sault's rental housing stock.

Shawn Spurr's BDI Holdings Ltd. is planning to convert the former St. Ann Catholic School into a 16-unit apartment building, with a new four-unit townhouse to be constructed on the property.

The one-storey-high project will be at 139 White Oak Dr. W., about 60 metres east of the intersection of Carmen's Way and White Oak Dr.

Parking will be on the northeast corner of the property, with the access road moved 20 metres east of its existing location.

Gabled roofs with a series of peaks will create private covered patio areas lining much of the vacant school's front and rear faces, with new stucco finishes added.

City documents indicate that a potential nearby cycling route along North Street is under consideration.

Spurr is planning to offer the apartments at market rental prices.

The site will have 27 parking spots, with an additional three spaces serving alternately for snow storage or parking.

Trash will be stored 30 metres from the street, set back 15 metres from the easterly lot boundary.

Meanwhile, Richard Hurley's 2729365 Ontario Inc. was approved for a new nine-unit townhouse development at 227, 231, 235, 239 and 243 East Balfour St.

The project will be on the southeast corner of the intersection of East Balfour and Goulais Ave.

The site was approved in 1981 for nine single detached houses but the project never materialized.

The existing five lots there will be combined into one lot, which will then be severed to allow each of the proposed three-unit townhouses to be on its own lot facing East Balfour.

Those residential units will also be offered at market rental prices.

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