Support for high rise slammed
North Londoners are fuming over city hall support for a planned 12-storey apartment building that will tower over their neighbourhoods. And they're also angry the city is planning to designate land adjacent to the Richmond Street site for more high-rise buildings.Well, you didn't have all those conveniently located superstores on those former farmfields at that time, making the now contested land far more valuable in it's present state. But I wouldn't suggest anyone at city hall has anything to gain in holding off investment until the most opportune moment.
The Tricar Group wants to build the 150-unit apartment complex at 1985 Richmond St., land now zoned for medium- density, low-rise housing.Well, no mention so far of them providing cash and/or city service incentives to the developers of this plan. Maybe it's actually a good place for it instead of bribing them to build highrises in an artificially sustained downtown?
Residents in the area, including tony Chancery Place and the 50-year-old Uplands neighbourhood directly across Richmond, say the rezoning is unnecessary. They also say its unfair since residents, the city and developers spent three years developing a 20-year community plan that shouldn't be ignored.Oh no - since when? Somebody better tell city hall.
Baechler said if the city allows the rezoning, it will set a precedent that would threaten all community development plans. "Why bother consulting the public in the first place if you're not going to live by the plan? It's a breach of the public's trust and the entire planning process."Not to mention it's a complete waste of time and money. But hey, if having such commitees keeps the folks on Dufferin St. busy and from getting into real mischief . . .
Monday, January 24, 2005
Posted by basil on Monday, January 24, 2005