Lawrence Park Med­i­cal Cen­tre razed for tower?

Res­i­dents’ groups plan to fight 12-storey condo at the OMB this month

North Toronto Post - - News - By Sa­man­tha Peksa

Four res­i­dents’ groups in the Av­enue Road and Lawrence Av­enue West area have banded to­gether to op­pose a 12-storey condo pro­posal for 250 Lawrence Ave. W., the site of the Lawrence Park Med­i­cal Cen­tre. It is slated to go to the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board (OMB) May 25.

Linda McCarthy, of the Lyt­ton Park Res­i­dents’ Or­ga­ni­za­tion (LPRO), said many res­i­dents are lament­ing the loss of their med­i­cal cen­tre that pro­vided a range of ser­vices for res­i­dents in the com­mu­nity.

“They had a full di­ag­nos­tic lab in the base­ment. It was a com­mu­nity place, I mean, my kid’s pe­di­a­tri­cian was there. So it was re­ally sad to lose it,” said McCarthy.

Ac­cord­ing to Ward 16 coun­cil­lor Christin Carmichael Greb, many doc­tors have al­ready moved out of the build­ing, in­clud­ing her own. Yet she re­mains res­o­lute in her stance against the pro­posal. “I’ve al­ways been against the de­vel­op­ment. It’s too tall.… I think it needs a lot of work and is not ap­pro­pri­ate for this location,” she said.

The pro­posal is by Gray­wood De­vel­op­ments and in­cludes 241 units, two three-storey semide­tached dwellings fronting onto Glen­garry Av­enue and three lev­els of un­der­ground park­ing.

Al Re­zoski, man­ager of com­mu­nity plan­ning in the North York Dis­trict, said city plan­ning staff has ad­vised Toronto City Coun­cil to send rep­re­sen­ta­tion to op­pose the de­vel­op­ment at the OMB. The site is cur­rently des­ig­nated “neigh­bour­hoods” and only al­lows up to four storeys. The de­vel­oper has ap­plied to change the zon­ing to “apart­ment neigh­bour­hoods,” which would al­low 12 storeys. Re­zoski said there is a con­cern the pro­posal, if ap­proved, would set a neg­a­tive prece­dent for other prop­er­ties on Lawrence Av­enue West.

The South Ar­mour Heights Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Old Or­chard Grove Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Bed­ford Glen condo board and LPRO in­tend to seek par­tic­i­pant sta­tus at the OMB. They are con­cerned with the condo’s height and den­sity and ar­gue it will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on traf­fic and the Douglas Green­belt that the site backs onto.

McCarthy said the de­vel­oper may have gained some local sup­port if it had of­fered to re­tain some of the med­i­cal ser­vices that have op­er­ated out of the build­ing for years. How­ever, that of­fer was never on the ta­ble.

Gray­wood De­vel­op­ments did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment by press time.

“I think it needs a lot of work and is not ap­pro­pri­ate for this location.”

Coun­cil­lor Christin Carmichael Greb at the Lawrence Park Med­i­cal Cen­tre

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