Liquor Licence Application at 241 Augusta Avenue
Over the last couple of weeks my office has heard a number of concerns regarding the liquor licence application for 241 Augusta Avenue. I share those concerns regarding this application to licence a high-capacity venue in Kensington Market.
241 Augusta Avenue falls under Zoning By-law 438-86 which limits the gross floor area of (new) restaurants, "places of amusement", and a number of other uses, to 200 square metres. You can read more about this in the 2015 Kensington Market Study of Restaurant and Bar Uses.
I share the concern that the current liquor license application appears to be based on a floor area much greater than permitted by the current Zoning By-law. City staff are now undertaking a zoning review in regards to this application.
My office has spoken to Friends of Kensington Market (FoKM), as well as the organizers of the Fairland Funhouse regarding these concerns. While we do not support the proposed liquor licence for this venue, my office and FoKM are supportive of the artists who have been commissioned to create work for this space. My office will be working with the community and the organizers of the Fairland Funhouse to find a way forward that does not jeopardize the art installation slated to open at 241 Augusta Avenue.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to my office: