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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Development On Bayfield Coffee Shop Stalled

Bayfield | by Peter Jackson  

Bluewater Mayor says council waiting on details from developer before project can move forward.

A commercial development in the south end of Bayfield is on hold, while Council waits to hear back from the developer.

The proposal which includes a 20-seat coffee shop, convenience store and gas bar at 89 Main Street South has raised the ire of a number of current and former residents of the community.

An on-line petition bearing nearly 700 signatures -- some from as far away as the UK and California -- urges Council not to go ahead with the plan.

Mayor Tyler Hessel says the future of the development is out of Council's hands for now, as they wait for the developer to submit a stormwater management plan and talk with the Ministry of Transportation.

Hessel says the lot is next door to the Bayfield Foodland store and LCBO Outlet, and is already zoned commercial.

He reminds those who oppose the plan that the proposed development is on Highway 21 near the southern boundary of the settlement area, and lies far outside Bayfield's heritage area.

Hessel says he appreciates residents' concerns, but the property will eventually become the site of a business.

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