New plans for Yonge and St. Clair re­vealed

North Toronto Post - - News - — Chris Rid­dell

Big changes are on the hori­zon for the Yonge Street and St. Clair Av­enue in­ter­sec­tion now that plans for sev­eral tall tow­ers have come to light.

Ter­ra­cap Man­age­ment has ap­plied to build a 46storey tower at 1417-1431 Yonge St. How­ever, the Yonge-St. Clair Sec­ondary Plan only al­lows for build­ings up to 10 storeys. So Ter­ra­cap ap­pealed its re­quest for an of­fi­cial plan amend­ment (OPA) to the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board (OMB).

Slate Asset Man­age­ment, which owns 1 St. Clair Ave. E., at­tended the pre-hear­ing last month and re­quested the Ter­ra­cap ap­peal ap­ply to the en­tire block.

Ac­cord­ing to Oren Tamir, se­nior plan­ner with the City of Toronto, Slate tried to cir­cum­vent the city plan­ning process by pig­gy­back­ing onto Ter­ra­cap’s OMB ap­peal. If ap­proved, it would have al­lowed Slate to build a tower on the cor­ner site. The OMB re­fused to con­sider the re­quest.

“[Slate has] to give the city a chance to re­view it, not pre­ma­turely bring it in front of the board,” Tamir said.

Although Slate did not present any cur­rent build­ing plans for the site, the com­pany owns all four cor­ners of the in­ter­sec­tion and ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is also plan­ning to build a tower on the south­west cor­ner of Yonge Street and Delisle Av­enue.

Mean­while, local res­i­dents and city staff con­tinue to op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tion by Ter­ra­cap.

“The height and den­sity of the [Ter­ra­cap] project is well be­yond re­al­ity for that part of the city,” said John Plumadore of the Deer Park Res­i­dents Group. “We find the height and den­sity, the is­sue of park­ing and en­trance to the fa­cil­ity are all is­sues.”

Ter­ra­cap’s ap­peal will go to me­di­a­tion at the OMB on May 8.

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