38-storey development heading to OMB

Yonge & Eglinton proposal will now go to municipal board


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Sean Boulton has been vocal about his opposition to this development

At last month’s meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council, a group of councillors voted that City of Toronto, City Planning staff provide legal and planning resources to oppose a development of 38 storeys at Broadway and Redpath avenues, northeast of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue East.

The proposal contains two towers at 30 storeys, with an eight-storey base, a total of 2,983 square metres. Currently the area is occupied by a mix of apartment buildings and single-family homes.

“This is a ludicrous proposal,” said Broadway resident Sean Boulton, who attended the meeting to support the motion. “It’s too tall, too dense and [makes] no effort to fit in with the existing neighbourhood.” He doubted that the neighbourhood could handle such density.

“It’s so much. There’s a lot of things that need to go into this discussion about how you grow responsibly.”

Tim Burkholder, senior planner with the City of Toronto, said that it is a combination of the height and the density that likely led to its rejection.

“It makes no effort to fit in with the existing neighbourhood.”

“It’s the density, it’s the height of the base building, and it’s also questioning whether or not it’s a two-tower site on such a small site in that area,” said Burkholder. “It is an apartment neighbourhood, so we expect apartment-type buildings in that area, but we have concerns about this.”

Residents, as well as local councillor Josh Matlow, were grateful for the city’s support but are now preparing for a preliminary hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in November.

The OMB is a governing body that councillors and residents alike have said they have little faith in. Boulton referred to it as “The provincial office of municipal bullying.”

“I support the recommendations to send staff [to the OMB] to support the community — and perhaps destroy the OMB while they visit,” joked Matlow at the meeting.

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