192 units pro­posed for Les­lie and York Mills

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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.

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