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New building proposed on former Syd's site

A proposed commercial development with apartment units has been submitted to council for the vacant lot in the middle of the First Avenue block between Grand Street and James Street, immediately adjacent to The Mission Record.

The site, formerly Syd's Place, but has been vacant since June 2005 when a fire razed the buildings.

The lots at 33039 and 33043 First Ave. will be consolidated into one land parcel prior to the building permit being issued.

The commercial component of the building will house 4,925 square feet on the main floor, with an additional 1,534 square feet of office space. There will be indoor parking on the second floor and the third floor will contain four residential units.

The building design includes hardi siding, wood and bricks that will contribute to the Mission "heritage look" encouraged in new developments in the district, read the development permit application.

The bricks will mimic the honey-coloured appearance of those bought from the Clayburn  factory that was used in construction of many Mission buildings.

The Downtown Business Association approves of the proposal, however, noted concerns about the number of parking spaces.

A public hearing is schedule for Aug. 22.

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