Mid­town tow­ers to be put on hold?

City staff ask OMB to halt de­vel­op­ment due to ca­pac­ity con­cerns

Village Post - - News - — Macken­zie Pat­ter­son

City of Toronto staff have re­quested a two-tower condo de­vel­op­ment by Times Group in the Yonge Street and Eglin­ton Av­enue area be put on hold un­til in­fras­truc­ture can keep up with an in­flux of new res­i­dents. Staff are con­cerned about the strain so much de­vel­op­ment is putting on re­sources such as pub­lic trans­porta­tion, schools, parks, water and sewage.

On April 4, the Toronto and East York Com­mu­nity Coun­cil ap­proved a City of Toronto Plan­ning re­port that re­quests the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board (OMB) put a hold on any fu­ture de­ci­sion con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment and ser­vices would be able to keep up with the den­sity.

“I agree with the in­tent be­hind it,” Matlow said. “Here’s the prob­lem: noth­ing in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tion en­sured that ad­e­quate so­cial ser­vices and in­fras­truc­ture would keep up with that pace of growth.”

If de­vel­op­ment in the area con­tin­ues at its cur­rent rate, Matlow said the Mid­town in Fo­cus study has noted a con­cern that there won’t be ad­e­quate water and sewage ca­pac­ity for new res­i­dents.

“The city has de­ter­mined that there is a real fear that if some de­vel­op­ments take place now, in­clud­ing the Times Group ba­sic ser­vices and in­fras­truc­ture,” he said. “Then you’re just ap­prov­ing the de­vel­op­ment rather than ap­prov­ing good plan­ning and a good com­mu­nity. We’re go­ing to do ev­ery­thing we can to fight the de­vel­op­ment so it’s not ap­proved.”

Andy Gort, pres­i­dent of the South Eglin­ton Ratepay­ers’ and Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (SERRA), said he is con­cerned about overde­vel­op­ment in the YongeEglin­ton area be­cause the schools and tran­sit sys­tems are al­ready se­verely crowded, and only a small frac­tion of con­dos slated for de­vel­op­ment have been built so far.

“We’re start­ing to re­ally no­tice in­fras­truc­ture creak­ing quite badly, and most of the growth that’s planned for this area hasn’t re­ally ar­rived yet, so it’s mak­ing us quite wor­ried,” Gort said.

Cas­sidy Ritz, project man­ager with the city plan­ning strate­gic ini­tia­tives unit, said the city is still in the process of fi­nal­iz­ing the Mid­town in Fo­cus study, and is as­sess­ing the im­pact new de­vel­op­ments will have on the area in the long-term.

“We do know there is a con­cern re­lated to the school ca­pac­ity in the area that the school board has iden­ti­fied, and we do know we have con­straints on the line one sub­way, so these are some of the well­known chal­lenges,” Ritz said. “How those will get re­solved on any par­tic­u­lar site is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent, and so we’re still as­sess­ing that.”

Ritz said the city is re­vis­ing the plan and fin­ish­ing the in­fras­truc­ture as­sess­ment so they can re­port to city coun­cil in June.

A ren­der­ing of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment via the City of Toronto

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