Smiths Falls council OKs apartments for former Lockwood building

Posted on: September 5, 2017

Chris Must

Smiths Falls town council has approved zoning changes to allow the owners of the building formerly occupied by Lockwood’s Sight & Sound to be converted to apartments.

The zoning changes, approved by council Sept. 5, apply to both 73-75 Elmsley Street North and 12-14 Daniel Street.

Building owners Kate Ryan and brother Steven Ryan applied for council’s approval to convert the vacant store and the adjacent building, currently home to a small laundromat, to residential units because they say the laundromat is “not financially viable.”

Acting planner Gary Smith advised council that the proposal to build 13 residential units was “an appropriate adaptive re-use of an existing building.”

“I do believe we need residential downtown,” commented Councillor Dawn Quinn. “I do look forward to this building looking like it’s alive again.”

Lockwood’s Sight & Sound, a fixture in Smiths Falls since the 1960s, closed its doors in June 2016 after long-time owner Dave Ryan, now deceased, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.