A growing business looking to move into a property formerly occupied by a church will have its day in the public realm next week.
A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, 6 p.m. in city council chambers to give opportunity to garner the necessary public comment as the owners of Get Focus Personal Training Studio look to move into the old Family Worship Centre.
The owners — Raquel and John Petrunia — are proposing to purchase the property at 1700 Third Avenue, previously occupied by the church, in order to re-locate their business and personal residence.
Currently, Get Focus operates from rented premises on Cedar Ave., a location proving to be too small in order to grow the business.
The building on Third Avenue is not presently zoned appropriately for the intended use, having originally been developed for church purposes. It is currently zoned institutional.
Because the fitness facility would be operated on a for-profit basis, a commercial zone designation would be required.
A city staff report noted the change should not significantly impact the neighbouring properties since the church and a private school have operated there for many years. “Further, there is sufficient off-street parking available onsite to meet the requirements for the proposed use,” the report read.
Twelve off-street stalls would be required for the re-zoning that can be provided on the property.