192 units proposed for Leslie and York Mills
The intersection of Leslie and York Mills is closer to adding more residential buildings. Minto, the owner of the sites at 740 and 750 York Mills Rd. has been trying to get a new development approved since 2013. Now, a revised submission that includes 192 units and a new privately owned public space is heading to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) for a prehearing. Part of this proposal is two two-storey temporary parking structures, which has the residents and the local councillor worried.
“It’s just interesting to see that applicants, after years of inaction, submitted plans to construct a two-storey temporary parking structure,” said Ward 15 councillor Jaye Robinson. “It was not at all part of the agreement.”
Initially, the proposal called for 260 new apartment units in the form of three- and four-storey townhomes. In 2016, Toronto City Council denied the application, citing issues with over-intensification of the area, coupled with the loss of green space and the increase in traffic.
In May of 2018, Minto submitted a site plan drawing, which includes the new temporary parking structures to facilitate parking amenities in the area during construction. These structures would be on site for two years while they finish construction.
“It’s an unprecedented request, it came out of nowhere, and it wasn’t part of the proceedings,” said Robinson. “It will take down a whole bunch of mature trees, and it will have a big impact on the livability of that neighbourhood.”
An LPAT hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.