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The City of Calgary pledged to work with the owners of a milk queen destroyed by fire after her request to rebuild the restaurant was denied by the city’s planning department.

Franchisees Jukyun and Heesin Shim ran the Dairy Queen on Center Street NE for six years before it went up in flames in October 2019.

The couple’s recent request for permission to rebuild the restaurant has been denied with a few changes on the grounds that it would affect the planned CTrain expansion in the area.

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Dairy Queen franchisee applying for development permit is denying the City of Calgary

While the application was “technically flawless” and corresponded to the current zoning of the country, city documents in addition to the planned LRT station of the Green Line showed several reasons why the permit was rejected.

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Documents also showed that the city is trying to avoid drive-thrus, and drive-thrus are “interfering with the pedestrian shopping environment,” as part of the new Center Street plan, which designated it as the main urban street.

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Senior city planner Martin Beck also said the application was viewed by the planning department as a new development rather than a remodel of the restaurant due to the modernizations.

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The decision was devastating for the owners of the once busy Milk Queen, who had saved her money for years after coming to Canada as an immigrant from Korea to build the restaurant.

It also sparked an outcry from parishioners who wanted to see the family have the opportunity to rebuild and reopen.

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In a statement on its Twitter page on Friday, the city said it heard concerns about the decision and put itself in the franchisee’s shoes.

“In such circumstances, applicants have the option of constructing a similar structure to replace the original building. This is an option for any business owner in this situation, ”the city said on its series of tweets.

“However, the applicant proposed changes to the previous structure and site plan that included a different configuration for the drive through and a modest extension of the building. This then led to the project being assessed on the basis of the current statutes and guidelines. “

We heard concerns about the 1906 building permit for a Milk Queen at Center St NE. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 2019. We understand the owner and franchisee alike when it comes to dealing with a difficult situation while trying to rebuild this business. 1/5

– City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) April 23, 2021

The city said it tried to work with the franchisees to make sure their plan was up to current standards. However, they decided to proceed with their original motion before filing their appeal, which was heard on Thursday.

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In response to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board’s decision to also reject the proposal, the city said officials “are willing to continue working with the applicant on this project as we recognize the importance of small business success to the Calgary community” .

The city did not say in its statement what changes the franchisees would need to make to their proposal to rebuild the restaurant that was being approved, or how they would work with the family to ensure the next phase of their approval application could be adopted.

– With files from Adam MacVicar, Global News

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