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Housing projects in works for Richmond Hill

October 31, 2012 00:10:00
Two more housing projects are in the works for Richmond Hill’s Ward 2, one quite large at 684 residential units and the other more modest, with 87 units.
A public meeting on both sites has been set for Wednesday, Nov. 7, when residents from any ward may attend and offer comments or ask questions.
The largest project involves three apartment buildings of heights ranging from 13 to 17 storeys, proposed for the west side of Bayview Avenue, south of Elgin Mills Road East, close to Taylor Mills Drive North. In addition, there are plans for 12 townhouses and 1,002 parking spaces.
The street address is 10568 Bayview Ave. and the approximate size of the site is two hectares or five acres, which sits just south of a small plaza at the former site of Our Lady Queen of the World school, which then became a Montessori school. Developer Elginbay Corporation is asking the town to rezone the lands from residential lower density uses to residential high density.
The other smaller housing project is proposed for Major Mackenzie Drive East at Church Street South. Rosetown Suites Inc. is seeking zoning permission from the town to build a six-storey low-rise apartment building of 87 units, plus one semi-detached dwelling and two single detached homes. Some lots would have frontage on Major Mackenzie, others front on to Church Street South.
At least one homeowner is sharing his concerns both with nearby residents and with councillors.
Glen Wedlock, who lives on Church Street South, has asked his local councillor Carmine Perrelli for a neighbourhood information meeting before the Nov. 7 public meeting.
He said he has received no response and has sent e-mails stating some of his concerns to town planning staff, the mayor and regional councillors.
His main concern focuses on the fact the project is within the town’s village core, as outlined in the official plan.
There are additional guidelines for developers building within the village core and Mr. Wedlock is concerned six storeys is higher than what is permitted under town guidelines and may set a precedent and open the door to so-called monster homes or higher density buildings.
He is also concerned traffic in to and out of this building and the homes would not be allowed onto Major Mackenzie, with side streets impacted by more traffic.
“I am not against developing this site. I am against it because it is outside the guidelines of the town’s official plan and the village core design guidelines,” Mr. Wedlock wrote to neighbours in the area, who he is encouraging to attend the Nov. 7 meeting at 7:30 p.m. at council chambers, 225 East Beaver Creek Rd.
Copies of the planning proposals and staff reports on both developments are available in person from town hall or by e-mailing clerks

Brandon Lee Cell 416-471-0353, HL/Bayview

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