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Markdale grocery store project advances

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Grey Highlands has taken another step toward approving a large grocery store project for Markdale.
But a neighbouring property owner remains unhappy.
Council approved the Foodland proposal in principal at a meeting last week but did not remove a holding provision or issue site plan approval.
Final approval is conditional on the municipality receiving required payments of $27,160 and securities in the amount of $1.137,737 from Markdale Development, the company representing Sobeys, which owns the Foodland chain.
The municipal solicitor and cheif administrative officer must be satisfied with a cost-sharing agreement between Rayville Development — developer of a nearby housing project — and Markdale Development, which represents Sobeys, for construction of a street, called Street “A”.
The site plan must also be amended to increase the size of a double-wood board fence along the south lot line of the Sobeys property.
Street “A” is the extension of a street in Markdale to service the proposed housing development.
Once those conditions are met council could pass a bylaw approving the site plan agreement and lift the holding provision, said planner Kristine Loft.
But Ray and Dawn Dawe, who live next door to the proposed Foodland project, remain opposed.
“It’s a residential area, always has been, and the municipality is looking at it as a few more tax dollars and don’t really care about the people around it,” said Ray Dawe.
The Dawes are concerned about trees between their property and the Foodland property.
Markdale Development proposes to excavate around the trees for a parking lot, but the Dawes say the work will kill the trees.
“It’s not just the life of the trees. We’re going to have to put up with noise, vehicle traffic,” said Ray Dawe.
The Dawes say they have not accepted the developer’s latest offer. They are frustrated and not sure what to do next.
“We’ll go back to our lawyer,” said Ray Dawe.

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