Concern over condos for Ladies’ Golf Club lands
Another opportunity for public to provide input at March 27 meeting
The conditional sale and development of land currently part of the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto has residents and council concerned about the development’s impact on the area.
The developer, Tridel, is proposing two highrise residential buildings of 12 and 14 storeys on the property, located on the northeast corner of the golf course on Royal Orchard Boulevard and Bayview Avenue.
In 2017, golf club board members voted to sell the 2.6 acres of land, currently used as the course’s ninth hole, to Tridel for $23 million.
Joan Anderton, vice-president of the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto board and chair of the land project, said the sale was necessary to fund capital upgrades and ensure the viability of the golf club.
The sale is conditional on the ability to rezone the property and sever it from the main holdings. A statutory public meeting was held on Jan. 22 at which Tridel presented details about the development and both Tridel and councillors heard the concerns of residents.
Keith Irish is the new Markham councillor for the area. He said both he and his constituents have a variety of concerns about everything, from a loss of green space to strains on existing infrastructure, but the traffic is the number one issue.
“You add two additional towers, 12 and 14 floors, 192 units and a projected 367 cars, and we’re compounding a problem that is already at the breaking point.” said Irish.
Mia Poscente is the president of the Royal Orchard Ratepayers’ Association. She said that ideally the golf club would not need to sell the land, but she recognizes that the sale may be necessary to ensure the club’s financial stability and that the failure of the club and the need to sell the whole property would be catastrophic for the community.
Councillor Irish plans to hold a community meeting on March 27 at the Thornhill Community Centre to give residents another opportunity to hear from the developer, who he says have not been immune to the feedback.
Justin Van Dette, government and community relations director with Tridel, said that the company is looking forward to continuing the conversations with the community and on March 27 Tridel will give a presentation on all the issues raised during the last meeting.
Poscente plans to attend the meeting to voice her concerns and will be asking about the possibility of connecting Pomona and Royal Orchard Parks with a trail system.
“It will take commitment from all stakeholders and could become a significant community benefit coming out of the contentious and unpopular decision by Ladies’ to sell a piece of their historic golf course lands,” said Poscente.
Tridel is proposing two condo towers for Thornhill site