De­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion filed day of meet­ing

Lo­cal res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion feels left out of process by RioCan

Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Paul Han­tiuk

A Thorn­hill com­mu­nity group ar­rived at a Feb. 3 idea ses­sion to find de­vel­oper RioCan had al­ready sub­mit­ted their re­de­vel­op­ment pro­posal for Spring Farm Mar­ket­place plaza at 441 Clark Ave W. in Thorn­hill.

Spring Farm Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (SFRA) was there to dis­cuss a mixed-use re­de­vel­op­ment pro­posal, which in­cludes a two-storey com­mer­cial build­ing as well as a 20-storey res­i­den­tial tower on the site.

“We were taken aback ac­tu­ally. We found out af­ter the [meet­ing] had started, and it wasn’t from RioCan. It was from an­other source,” said Pamela Levy-Tara­day, chair of the SFRA. “They didn’t even have the cour­tesy to tell us.” Levy-Tara­day kept reg­u­lar con­tact with RioCan by email be­fore­hand. “I would have hoped we had de­vel­oped enough of a re­la­tion­ship that they would have at least given us a heads up,” she said.

Area coun­cil­lor Alan Shef­man was also in at­ten­dance. He said the com­mu­nity’s re­sponse to the pro­posal was pas­sion­ate.

SFRA con­ducted a sur­vey of area res­i­dents that gen­er­ated hun­dreds of re­sponses last year.

Levy-Tara­day and Shef­man both take is­sue with the ad­di­tion of the res­i­den­tial tower to the com­mer­cial space.

Vicki Le­ung, a spokesper­son for Sobey’s, which has a lo­ca­tion un­der ren­o­va­tion in the plaza, said their real es­tate team is in dis­cus­sions with RioCan to make sure the de­vel­op­ment does not neg­a­tively im­pact the store.

There will be more pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion con­cern­ing the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment as the City of Vaughan re­views RioCan’s ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We have a very tight group of mem­bers, and we haven’t called them to ac­tion yet,” said Levy-Tara­day.

RioCan spokesper­son Dolores Cece said their rep­re­sen­ta­tive at­tached to the pro­ject is un­able to com­ment at this time.

The City of Vaughan con­firmed that the ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted Feb. 3, the same day as the meet­ing.

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