639 York

What is being proposed?

Start Communications is seeking a zoning amendment to allow for the adaptive re-use of, and additions to, an existing building for a federally regulated public utility use. The recommended zoning regulations for the site include a maximum height of 13 metres, 50% lot coverage, 80 parking spaces and a total gross floor area of 7,500 square metres (all buildings combined).

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Next Steps

Update on 29 Aug 2017: planning and environment committee unanimously supported the staff recommendation, which will be considered by full council on 5 Sept 2017. The committee supported a request from the applicant to increase the maximum height of the building to 14.5 metres from 13 metres.

Planning staff are recommending approval of the zoning amendment, which will be considered by planning and environment committee at a public participation meeting on 28 Aug 2017 (not to be heard before 4:30pm).

From the staff report: "The requested action has been shown to be consistent with, and serving to implement, the policies of the PPS, the City of London Official Plan, and the London Plan. The recommended Zoning By- law amendment will serve to provide for the regeneration of an older industrial building in an industrial area that is transitioning from its historical land use."

Key Documents

Key Contacts

I'm interested to know what you think about the proposed re-zoning. Please provide your feedback in the box below, email me at jhelmer@london.ca or call me at 226-268-7536 (mobile).

Brian Turcotte, Planner, 519-661-2489 ext 4651, bturcott@london.ca

Members of the planning and environment committee: my colleagues on the committee are Tanya Park (Chair), Stephen Turner (Vice Chair), Anna Hopkins and Maureen Cassidy.

Jen Pastorius is the manager of the Old East Village BIA. Her email is jen@oldeastvillage.com.

Peter Strack is the president of the Old East Village Community Association. His email is oevcapresident@gmail.com.

What do you think of this re-zoning request?


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  • commented 2017-08-28 12:03:24 -0400
    Shame it’s burdened with such parking lot regulations. Still, charge ahead!
  • @jesse_helmer tweeted this page. 2017-08-28 11:48:57 -0400
    Start Communications is seeking a zoning amendment to adaptively re-use the industrial buildings at 639 York #ldnont http://www.helmer.ca/639_york?recruiter_id=5608
  • commented 2017-08-26 08:55:05 -0400
    I think it is a great opportunity to allow for a local company to grow and thrive. As a resident of the area I welcome them!
  • commented 2017-08-26 07:47:49 -0400
    Please pass this as quickly as possible. This is a good news story. At least for me. I live two blocks away from this site, however, St. Mary’s Church, which is across the street, has been my “home church” since 1963. This will be a very good use of the site and help improve the area. the area is already picking up nicely, this will just add to the momentum


    Also, for what it is worth, and perhaps as part of public disclosure, I have been a Start.ca customer from the very beginning, back when they were still Multiboard. I am customer #9. So I want to see them succeed and carry on
  • commented 2017-08-25 16:50:39 -0400
    TD did such a great job at the Yorkview office. Repurposing those old warehouses sounds like a win-win for the neighbourhood. And another traffic generator for Shift London as well – a block from King St.
  • Jesse Helmer posted about 639 York on Jesse Helmer's Facebook page 2017-08-25 16:30:07 -0400
    Start Communications is seeking a zoning amendment to adaptively re-use the industrial buildings at 639 York #ldnont
  • @jesse_helmer tweeted this page. 2017-08-25 16:30:03 -0400
    Start Communications is seeking a zoning amendment to adaptively re-use the industrial buildings at 639 York #ldnont http://www.helmer.ca/639_york?recruiter_id=5608