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Feb 19, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Consultation on how to improve life in condominiums set for Scarborough

Scarborough Mirror

If you live in a condominium, the City of Toronto wants to know whether anything about your building makes you unhappy.

And at public meetings this month, including one in the rotunda of Scarborough Civic Centre next Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., the city wants suggestions on what can be done to make condominium life better.

The Scarborough Civic Centre is a good spot for the consultation because there are thousands of condo units were in the immediate area and thousands more will soon be built, said Glenn De Baeremaeker, the local councillor.

And while he said condominiums are better regulated today than they were two decades ago, there’s a lot city officials who planned buildings around the civic centre did not forsee.

They didn’t believe, for example, that children would be living in those units, as hundreds do now.

“What we thought would happen and what’s the reality are two different things,” De Baeremaeker said.

Albert Campbell Park, recently created near the civic centre, “has become a giant dog toilet” because pet owners from the condo towers have few options, said De Baeremaeker who would like to see future condo towers built with required “dog runs” to deal with this problem.

The discussion on Feb. 20 can be wide-ranging as this guide shows (www.toronto.ca/planning/pdf/condo_consultation_discussion_guide.pdf), but the process aims to identify negative “issues” condo dwellers, boards and managers experience.

A second round of meetings this spring will use “test ideas” to help shape concerns and other feedback from the first round into policy recommendations for the city.

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