Plans submitted for condo towers on Ladies’ Golf Club land
Developer to start selling units by late 2019 after purchase is finalized
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