Residents were far from pleased with the plans for 383 Sorauren Ave., but instead of rejecting the developer’s application they voted to form a working group to help guide the project.
At a community consultation meeting regarding the proposed condominium development, residents from the neighbourhood surrounding the site at Sorauren Avenue and Dundas Street West reviewed the plans for the large brick building and openly expressed their displeasure with the height, size and look of the building.
“You can say ‘no’ outright or we can start a working group that would work with developers to come up with something that fits in with the neighbourhood,” said Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks.
Given that option, those in attendance voted to form the working group, which will be made up of a handful of people from the neighbourhood as chosen by the councillor’s office, Perks said.
The group will consist of members from the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association, Robert Watson Lofts, and those with “certain expertise” said Perks.
“Development is coming regardless, so let’s help guide it,” one resident said.
Monday’s meeting, held in Roncesvalles Village, was the second public meeting on the proposed development an 11-storey condo building with 165 units with an average size of 700 square feet. There is also one large non-residential unit on the first floor.
The proposed building is 34 metres high, more than double the 14 metres currently permitted on the lot. Residents also heard that is seven and a half times the average density in the neighbourhood.
Facing Sorauren Avenue, the proposal includes two-story townhomes, which Heather Olson of Architects Alliance said match the impression of the townhomes next door at the Robert Watson Lofts.
Olson shared plans for a large number of bike parking spaces and an apple orchard on a berm along the rail line.
Residents expressed concern about increased vehicle and bike traffic on Sorauren.
“I don’t think the street itself can support an increase of that many homes and that many people,” one resident said.
Another resident questioned the impact another condo building would have on water and electrical services as well as city infrastructure.
The city’s preliminary report by planner Thomas Rees identified a number of concerns with the proposal. They include the height and density of the proposed building, the design and conformity to the neighourhood. The report also lists the shadow impact, compatibility with employment uses in the area, proximity to existing industrial uses and proximity to the rail corridor as issues.
The developer will file their final proposal with the city and it will be considered by Toronto and East York Community Council in the next three or four months.