Two Yonge-Eglin­ton tow­ers headed to OMB

He­len­dale com­mu­nity mem­bers hope­ful pro­pos­als can be con­sol­i­dated

Midtown Post - - Neighbourhood News - by Neil Eti­enne

This kind of de­vel­op­ment is just wrong.”

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Karen St­intz and res­i­dents around the He­len­dale Av­enue and Yonge Street area are still hope­ful two pro­posed tower projects there will be com­bined into one.

One project, at 31–37 He­len­dale Ave., by the Pem­ber­ton Group, pro­poses a 24-storey res­i­den­tial build­ing with 231 units and four lev­els of un­der­ground park­ing. The other, just to the east of the first at 2360–2378 Yonge St., by Knight­stone Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment Inc., pro­poses a 28-storey, mixed-use build­ing with 147 park­ing spa­ces in five lev­els of un­der­ground park­ing.

Due to Toronto City Coun­cil’s de­lay in mak­ing any de­ci­sion on the pro­pos­als, both went to On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board (OMB) pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings ear­lier this year, and an­other pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is set for later this July. Coun. St­intz is get­ting less hope­ful as those hear­ing dates ap­proach, but she stands by her de­sire to see the two pro­pos­als com­bined into one to lessen the im­pact on the neigh­bour­hood.

“This kind of de­vel­op­ment is just wrong. We have an op­por­tu­nity to build some­thing re­mark­able there for the city, but as these are pro­posed, it’s com­pletely un­sat­is­fac­tory,” she said. “The city has ex­pressed what a con­sol­i­dated so­lu­tion may look like, but at this point it’s still go­ing to the OMB.”

She said the height of both tow­ers is a con­cern, and she would rather see a sin­gle, con­sol­i­dated tower con­structed with about a 10-storey max­i­mum at the He­len­dale-Yonge in­ter­sec­tion, step­ping up in height down He­len­dale to 20 or more storeys. St­intz said she has con­cerns the cur­rent plans would cast too much shadow on the neigh­bour­ing pa­tios and added that nei­ther pro­posal has enough set­back from the street. SERRA (South Eglin­ton Ratepay­ers’ and Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion) mem­ber Terry Mills said his or­ga­ni­za­tion is con­cerned about pro­tect­ing pub­lic realm. He said that by con­sol­i­dat­ing the pro­pos­als it would elim­i­nate the need for things like mul­ti­ple park­ing garage or lobby en­trances, which con­sume pub­lic lands.

“We have quite a clus­ter [of tower pro­pos­als] around this in­ter­sec­tion, and you have to won­der if the in­fra­struc­ture can han­dle it,” Mills said.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the de­vel­op­ers did not re­turn calls by press time.

Op­po­nents of two tower pro­pos­als want more pub­lic realm in­cluded

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