Memoirs of City Hall: Dundas Place; noise control; tower projects

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A collection of news and notes from Tuesday night’s City Council debate:

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Politicians reject Dundas Place body massage parlor and cancel joint plans:

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Two applications to transfer adult entertainment licenses within walking distance of each other on Dundas Place were rejected by City Council on Tuesday night. Offers to relocate a body massage parlor to south London and an eastern license to run a strip club were easily rejected. London has a finite number of each license type, and they cannot be transferred to new owners, only moved to new locations if the council agrees. But politicians, without much debate, voted decisively not to allow these moves. A unanimous vote of 15 to 0 rejected plans to transfer a strip club license – officially known as Adult Live Entertainment – to 238 Dundas St., the home of the Lavish nightclub. Ward 11 County Stephen Turner asked staff about potential new rules to allow flexibility for venues like Lavish, an LGBTQ club, to expand its entertainment offerings, without transferring the license. The council voted 14 to 1 to reject the body massage parlor’s move, along with Ward 4 Coun. Jesse Helmer the only opponent.

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Developer projects are OK:

The Westdell Development Corporation has gotten the go-ahead from council for two major developments it is planning at opposite ends of town. A 16-story tower at 712 Base Line Rd. E., near Victoria Hospital and along the future bus rapid transit line, was unanimously approved Tuesday. The company plans to build 150 units there, at the corner of Wellington and Base Line. A second project, an even larger 22-storey development at 1737 Richmond Street, has also been approved. This 226-unit development, in the commercial plaza northwest of Fanshawe Park Road and Richmond Street, will create 22 new affordable housing units. The proposal also includes 2,500 square meters of commercial space and a parking garage.

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  1. Gallery owner Jonathon Bancroft-Snell is among downtown shopkeepers who have spoken out against separate proposals to move a strip club and body massage parlor to adjacent buildings on Dundas Place, In the city center.  The Bancroft-Snell Gallery is located nearby and he shared his thoughts with city politicians at a public meeting on Tuesday August 23, 2022. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)

    Along Dundas Place, relief as politicians fight strip club, body rubs skin

  2. London police officers on patrol in central London.  (Free photo from press kit)

    Too loud and too much: the municipal police could stop processing noise complaints

Police get relief for noise complaints:

A pilot project to shift the burden of noise enforcement from London Police to City Hall’s Bylaws Department was approved by council on Tuesday. A three-month test at the end of the year will test the Switch. Police respond to an average of 2,700 noise complaints each year, although by-law officers already do the work during peak hours, Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. regulate them. Police are expected to free up time for more serious calls. Four parking officers will move into the noise file, and four other new officers will be hired, dividing the time between noise and parking issues. A manager position will also be created.

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