Kenilworth antique store amendment approved

It looks as if a scaled back version of a commercial operation in Kenil­worth is now a go.

Originally, a proposal for a 1.26 acre commercial property at the southern edge of the hamlet would have allowed a residence and a number of other commercial uses.

Wellington North Mayor Mike Broomhead said issues that had been outstanding with the Ministry of Transportation have now been resolved.

The proposal is now limited to an antique store and residence. Proponents were agreeable to that change.

Broomhead said now that everyone agreed, council could move forward on this.

It subsequently passed the bylaw allowing the change.

Broomhead said this was more a matter of clarification.

The proponents believed the MTO concerns were a result of the numerous uses pro­posed. The original list of intended uses included selling an­tiques and furniture, stained glass supplies and products, collectables, giftware, handicrafts, custom outsourcing, craft supplies, rentals (such as wedding and anniversary items), a farmers’ market, interior decorating consulting, floristry, craft classes and a gift wrapping service.

Roxanne Caughill said that when ministry officials saw all the uses she hoped to have in the existing building, “They thought we were trying to put in a strip mall.”

She added of the MTO representative, “This isn’t Kitch­ener with the Roxanne’s down there. This is Kenilworth. He was quite happy about it going to be just an antique store, providing it was confined to the existing building.”

“The flea market is a no-go. Apparently they thought it would be so successful a turning lane would be needed.”