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Feb 01, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Cedar Brae golf club’s repairs on hold due to dispute

Scarborough Mirror

Repairs to Cedar Brae Golf and Country Club’s leaking clubhouse roof are on hold because of a dispute with Morningside Heights developers over money, Scarborough Community Council heard this week.

Cedar Brae’s 500 members and shareholders voted in 2010 to sell land at the golf course’s south end in order to renew the 1955 clubhouse, a goal the club has had for 20 years, general manager Sean DeSilva told councillors.

In the clubhouse there are “buckets on the floor collecting water” because the roof needs replacing, and membership has declined because of its condition, he said.

Cedar Brae has proposed building 37 homes on 2.8 acres of what is now the club’s third fairway.

But despite approval at the Scarborough level, the development off Staines Road known as 55 Mac Frost Way was referred back to Scarborough councillors by Toronto Council last November due to objections from the Morningside Heights Landowners Group.

Part of the Morningside Heights Secondary Plan approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in 2000 says the group, the neighbourhood’s original developers, must be paid a fair share of infrastructure costs before a new subdivision can be registered.

City of Toronto staff have recommended Cedar Brae pay a share of costs only for the sewers it uses, an amount the city estimated last November as $103,566. Andrew Madden, representing the MHLG said the city’s current recommended amount was $76,000 and didn’t include the new subdivision’s share of a storm water pond.

The developers’ group said Cedar Brae must pay $824,696 but this week gave the club an itemized list the day before Tuesday’s meeting totaling a payment of $454,176, which Madden said was fair.

A lawyer for the club, Catherine Lyons, said it is close to an agreement with MHLG and asked councillors not to defer a decision on the development.

After an in camera discussion, the Scarborough councillors approved the staff recommendation and sent the matter downtown again, where, Mike Del Grande said, council members will be happy to hear the dispute is settled.

It seems fair that if developers build services and others benefit, they should pay, but it’s not up to city councillors to mediate a private dispute, he said.

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