Local residents fight daycare
Traffic accidents at Bayview Avenue are a worry for the residents of Loredana Court. They are also the backbone of their opposition to a newly proposed daycare at 236 Duncan Rd.
A site plan was presented at a Town of Richmond Hill Council public meeting March 9. It featured a three-storey facility that would have 85 spots for children.
“Right in front of Loredana and Bayview there [are] always accidents,” said Stephen Cheng a resident of Loredana Court, which backs on to the property. He is also skeptical of the safety of a play area near the intersection.
Another nearby homeowner, Michela Fichera had asked residents to put their names on a petition against the facility. It includes signatures from 21 households in the area.
Cheng doesn’t think the site plan rendering adds up to a facility that fits the profile of the area.
“It looks like really an oddball thing in a residential neighbourhood like that,” he said.
Area councillor Godwin Chan agreed that it’s not quite right for the area.
“It’s dynamic. It’s distinctive. However, the challenge is that it does not fit in conformity with the characteristics of the neighbourhood,” he said.
He thinks it would only add to mounting traffic safety issues in the area.
“Turning is a major issue [there],” he said. “From a traffic flow perspective, it’s a very busy area,” said Chan
Chris Pereira, senior planner for the agent named on the application, M. Behar Planning & Design, said the facility will be an asset to the community.
He also thinks that it aligns with the new development reality for the area given the proximity to a major street.
“The current Duncan area [zoning bylaw] is very old.… It is not reflective of the current official plan direction, which is usually the case when old bylaws are still in use,” said Pereira. “They are not reflective of the current planning paradigm.”