KFC first business in new development

Artist concept of a new KFC about to go up on Confederation Street. Submitted Image

The first phase of a major commercial redevelopment planned for the Rona Cashway building centre site in the city’s south end is about to begin.

A building permit has been issued for a $1.5 million, 3,000-square-foot building at 1115 Confederation St.

About half of the building, which is going up on the east side of the property, will be occupied by a new KFC employing 20-25 people, said Lou Longo, a broker with Magic Realty.

“It will get started in a couple of weeks and, depending on the weather, will open in March or April,” he said.

“We’re hoping to get another quick service restaurant — another fast good guy — in there beside them.”

The three-acre property has been vacant since the former Rona store was torn down in 2014.

“This is just the first phase,” said Longo, who added three other buildings are proposed for the site.