Council denies request to set up repair shop along Hwy. 89

July 31, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Peter Richardson

Mono Council hosted a public meeting on Tuesday (July 28) to discuss the proposed small vehicle repair shop that wishes to be opened next to Mrs Mitchells restaurant on Highway 89 at the third Line, also involved a by-law change.

The property had previously been a gas station and was now vacant and owned by Mr. Michael Bellissimo, of Alliston. Most of Council were ill disposed to this proposal, as was the owner of the two restaurants, Heidi Blaufeldt. She felt that Mr. Bellissimo’s property in Alliston, would make a better location for this enterprise.

She said that due to COVID 19, her establishments have been serving outdoors and the response has been so positive, that they intend to continue. The repair shop would pose a problem with noise for outdoor dining. She was also concerned that, as a real estate agent, Mr. Bellissimo could resell the property, and she wondered what might be built there instead.

Despite the proposal meeting all the relevant laws, and the property already being zoned commercial, in the end Council vetoed the request, with the exception of Coun. Fred Nix, who apparently saw the obvious potential conflicts for doing so.

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