Acerage near mall to be developed
84 townhouse proposal may limit pedestrian access to Clark
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