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Nov 15, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Councillor hopeful OMB hearing on Eastdale condo can be avoided

East York Mirror

Beaches-East York councillor Janet Davis is confident a compromise can be reached on a proposed highrise development behind 90 Eastdale Ave. before the matter goes before the Ontario Municipal Board next month.

The plan by developer Preston Group to build a 22-storey condo tower at the location, near Main Street and Lumsden Avenue, has met with resistance from the both the city and nearby community.

After its most recent application was rejected by city staff, Preston filed an appeal with the OMB.

But a “hybrid” counter-proposal endorsed by city council in October which would see the project shifted north to the corner of Eastdale and Lumsden could avoid the need to go to the OMB, said Davis.

She said the city was working on a settlement with Preston to avoid the scheduled OMB hearing scheduled in Toronto on Dec. 3.

“The parties are working hard,” said Davis. “I am optimistic that we will be successful in getting an agreement that will provide a much more appropriate development for this site.”

The compromise would see Preston Group swap its lands to the south at Secord Avenue with the city, which would use the location to construct a public park. In exchange, the city would give the Preston Group its lands to the north for the condominium, where a parkette currently exists.

“The rationale for the counter-proposal was to put the building in a more appropriate location where it wouldn’t require as much transition to the residential neighbourhood,” said Davis.

Since it was first introduced in 2008, the project has been met with opposition from the local community, concerned that another highrise development will result in more traffic congestion and overburden enrollment at nearby Secord Public School.

Davis said a working group made of residents, community members and the developer was formed to come up with further improvements for the area, which would include building a community garden, improving bike paths and walkways and replacing the outdoor swimming pool at 2 Secord Ave.

Michael Goldberg, a planner for Preston Group did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

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