Acer­age near mall to be de­vel­oped

84 town­house pro­posal may limit pedes­trian ac­cess to Clark

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS - — Kristina Kirkaldy

The largest re­main­ing piece of de­vel­opable land in the rapidly chang­ing area around Thorn­hill’s Prom­e­nade mall has been pur­chased by Wy­cliffe Clark Lim­ited, with plans to build 84 town­houses.

Ward 5 coun­cil­lor Alan Shef­man has as­sured res­i­dents that the plans for the site, on the south side of Clark Av­enue West, are in ac­cor­dance with the City of Vaughan’s of­fi­cial plan.

“I made it very clear to any­body who is in­ter­ested in that piece of land that two things were re­quired: they have to sell off a piece of it to [lo­cal non-profit] Reena, and se­condly that there is go­ing to be no high­rise de­vel­op­ment.”

There has been a num­ber of de­vel­op­ment pro­jects in this area, in­clud­ing Tor­gan Group’s pro­posal to con­struct seven condo tow­ers, each 27 storeys in height, north­west of the mall, as well as We­ston Con­sult­ing’s plans for a 56-town­house de­vel­op­ment in the Duf­ferin Street and Cen­tre Street area.

“The town­houses are go­ing to be high end, very much in keep­ing with the neigh­bour­hood,” said Shef­man.

Gail Black­man, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said her main con­cern is not the plans for the site, but po­ten­tially los­ing the pas­sage­way that al­lows res­i­dents liv­ing be­hind the pur­chased land ac­cess to Clark Av­enue West.

How­ever, Shef­man said, there is an­other for­mal walk­way about 50 me­tres to the west of the res­i­den­tial area.

But Black­man said the ex­tra dis­tance is hard for aging res­i­dents and young chil­dren in the area.

“For the chil­dren who might live in those town­houses, for them to ar­rive at West­min­ster Pub­lic School, they would have to walk along busy Clark Av­enue or Bathurst,” she said

In an email to City of Vaughan De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning, Black­man has re­quested that the city, Wy­cliffe and Reena work to­gether to al­low for a con­tin­ued pedes­trian ac­cess­way.

Shef­man said Wy­cliffe’s and Reena’s plans would not al­low for the “pedes­trian ac­cess” to be con­tin­ued.

Shef­man also said the city owns land be­side the pro­posal that will not be used as an ac­cess point and will even­tu­ally be sold off.

“If it was a sub­stan­tial amount of land to make a park, maybe we would con­sider that, but it re­ally is just one or two res­i­den­tial lots.”

Carmela An­tolino, with the city’s de­vel­op­ment plan­ning depart­ment, said op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­clude or en­hance pedes­trian link­ages in the area are still un­der re­view.

De­vel­op­ment site on the south side of Clark Av­enue West

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