Local lawyer Kate Ryan, whose family owns the building at the corner of Elmsley and Daniel Streets formerly occupied by Lockwood Sight & Sound, appeared before Smiths Falls town council Nov. 28 to explain the family’s plans for the property.
The long-time business closed at the end of June, shortly before owner Dave Ryan, Kate’s brother, died from brain cancer. Efforts to find a new commercial tenant have been unsuccessful, said Kate Ryan, who requires council’s approval for an official plan amendment in order to renovate the ground floor of the building into four apartments.
“Even if (Dave) hadn’t passed away, the business was in trouble and he was going to be doing something different,” said Ryan. She said the building’s location is too far from the downtown core to be an ideal commercial site. “There’s virtually no foot traffic along that road.”
The plan is to renovate about 3,000 square feet of space into apartments. Councillors said they had no objection to the plan.
“I’m pleased that you care about this old building,” said Councillor Lorraine Allen.