January 9th 2012
On January 10th the committee of adjustment will hear an application to approve 378 condo units in the site running from Oakmount to Pacific and across Bloor. The site has sat idle for years and been not only an eye sore, but has attracted arson activity and regular vandalism. Residents have been rallying against the development as it exceeds the City of Toronto’s Official Plan’s eight storey limit. The Developer is seeking a total of 14 storeys. The meeting will take place at 399 The West Mall (Etobicoke Civic Centre) inside the Council Chambers at 7pm where a vote will follow. The decision can have wide ranging implications for the entire area, and especially High Park. It will be interesting to see what position the Committee of Adjustment takes. If an official plan says 8 storeys, than how do you secure a 75% increase from that , and ask for 14 storeys. Variances are a part of any application, but it seems to me that the Developers here are asking for 14 in an effort to secure less, but still manage something beyond 8.
Tags: condo developments