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Family running Dartmouth convenience store eyes development with affordable units

Proposal calls for a multi-use building with 29 units

A small family-owned convenience store in Dartmouth’s Woodlawn neighbourhood has big development plans.

The Diab family recently submitted a development proposal to the city to turn their convenience store into a low-rise apartment building with commercial space on the ground floor.

Expressway store owners Tony and Peter Diab are looking to build 29 units and they’re exploring the possibility of making some or all of the units affordable housing.

“It would be great for the community,” said Mike Brownlow, a longtime resident of the neighbourhood and a friend of the Diab family. They’re the right people for the job, he added, because of their vested interest in the community, where they’ve lived and worked for over 30 years.

However, many customers called the news bittersweet because of the prospect of losing a local shop. …[Continue Reading]