The developer for the old mill property in Kenora is happy to see his plans approved by city council. Marcel Chartier of Capital Commercial would like to see affordable housing built there, but he isn't able to provide details yet.

The plan was approved with conditions by the planning advisory committee, and a public hearing was held virtually July 21. An appeal period expires August 12. Council is also expected to debate the subdivision agreement, and it has yet to approve it.

There are also plans to add a casino and hotel on the former mill property

Kenon Builders, First Student and Atlantic Industries have already set up shop off Ninth Street North on the old mill site.

In previous submissions, the 100 acres of land could be used for housing such as townhouses or apartments. However, there's no word yet of how many units might be built, what they might cost or when they might be available.

There's also room for industrial or commercial uses.

Gateway has put plans for their casino project on hold, pending the reopening of the province's economy. During the pandemic, a spokesman for the company Robert Mitchell said the company was focused on getting their 12 existing sites in Ontario operating again, before turning their focus to new construction.

Leo Ho currently owns the Clarion Lakeside Inn and the Travelodge. He's hoping to have renovations at the Clarion completed by the end of the year, and his new 80-room hotel ready by late 2021 or early 2022.

The parcel on the west side of Veterans Drive could also see a mall and restaurant, says Ho. 

A courier company and local small business are expected to create office space on the former mill property, which accounts for some of the current work underway on the property. 

For more information:

Local developments taking shape

City of Kenora - Draft plan of subdivision