Con­cern over con­dos for Ladies’ Golf Club lands

An­other op­por­tu­nity for pub­lic to pro­vide in­put at March 27 meet­ing

Richmond Hill Post - - News - by David Olsen

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

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