Plans sub­mit­ted for condo tow­ers on Ladies’ Golf Club land

De­vel­oper to start sell­ing units by late 2019 af­ter pur­chase is fi­nal­ized

Thornhill Post - - News - by Eric Sto­ber

Af­ter pur­chas­ing a 2.6-acre plot of land on the ninth hole of the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto for $23 mil­lion in late 2017, Tridel has sub­mit­ted de­sign plans for a pub­lic park and two condo tow­ers at 12 to 14 storeys, con­tain­ing 192 units and 367 park­ing spots.

It will take up 2.5 per cent of the to­tal land, and the re­main­ing land will con­tinue to op­er­ate as a golf course.

Tridel held an open house in June for com­mu­nity res­i­dents to ask ques­tions about the de­vel­op­ment and give their feed­back re­gard­ing the pro­posed plans.

“The golf course has been an im­por­tant part of the Thorn­hill com­mu­nity for nearly 100 years, and we want to see it con­tinue for an­other cen­tury or more,” said res­i­dent Keith Irish, who at­tended the open house.

“This de­vel­op­ment is a way to keep it open,” he added.

Irish com­pared the de­vel­op­ment to York Downs Golf and Coun­try Club in nearby Unionville, which was sold to de­vel­op­ers who are plan­ning to build homes but which is em­broiled over con­cerns about strain on lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture. The fact that only a piece of the Ladies’ Golf Club course was sold, he con­sid­ered a win.

“The course is green space, which ev­ery com­mu­nity needs,” said Irish. “We don’t find [the de­vel­op­ment] very im­pos­ing.”

Al­though com­mu­nity mem­bers have shown trust in Tridel and its strong rep­u­ta­tion, there is still con­cern over the traf­fic on Bayview Av­enue nearby, where res­i­dents speak of a bot­tle­neck.

“This ap­pli­ca­tion is adding ob­vi­ously more cars, so res­i­dents are very con­cerned about the in­crease in the traf­fic, and it is a very valid con­cern,” said the lo­cal ward coun­cil­lor, Va­lerie Burke.

Tridel has re­sponded to that con­cern by point­ing out that the pro­posed de­sign is for larger suites to ap­peal to empty nesters in the area, which means fewer res­i­dents and fewer cars.

“We’re re­ally at the be­gin­ning of this jour­ney,” said Jim Ritchie, Tridel’s ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing. “We’ll con­tinue to lis­ten care­fully to the in­put.”

Cur­rently, the ap­pli­ca­tion is await­ing a City of Markham staff re­port, ex­pected this fall, which will be fol­lowed by a manda­tory pub­lic meet­ing early in the new year and a fol­lowup com­mu­nity meet­ing later in 2019.

Ritchie says Tridel is tar­get­ing late 2019 to go to the mar­ket­place and be­gin sell­ing units.

Keith Irish at the site of the pro­posed Tridel condo tow­ers

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