28-storey condo proposal riles up Mechanicsville residents
Posted: Aug 8, 2012 10:52 AM ET
Last Updated: Aug 8, 2012 12:29 PM ET
Hintonburg and Mechanicsville residents voiced their concerns Tuesday over a proposed 28-storey condominium on Parkdale Avenue, but some said they fear their words are falling on deaf ears.
Richcraft homes has made an application to change the zoning for three adjacent properties at 159, 163 and 167 Parkdale Avenue at the corner of Lyndale Avenue in order to construct a 28-storey condo apartment building.
The 28-storey building will have about 196 residential units, including ground-floor units and about 155 square metres of commercial space.
The 25-storey tower of the building will sit atop a three-storey podium. The podium will house three two-storey townhouses. The main residential entrance will be along Parkdale Avenue with retail and commercial space at the corner of Parkdale and Lyndale.
Underground parking will also be built to accommodate 130 vehicles and 98 bicycles.
At a community meeting on Stonehurst Avenue Tuesday, residents gave the developers and city representatives an earful over what one resident called the "monster" moving in next door. Hintonburg and Mechanicsville residents listen as developers and city officials outline plans for a new condominium on Parkdale Avenue. CBC
Residents expressed concern over a range of issues, from the increases in traffic to potential damage to their property from the construction project.
Margo Gallant, who has lived in the community for 12 years, said she and residents raised over 70 different concerns about a recently approved 28-storey condominium at 99 Parkdale Avenue. She said they felt none of their comments were taken into consideration.
"I've been to several of these meetings in the past year and it seems like déjà vu," said Gallant.
She said despite recent failures, she's again trying to find compromise on the issue of height with developers.
"The only other alternative is a squat 14-storey building that's going to allow us no greenspace and no light," said Gallant. "I don't think that's the only alternative."
City Councilor Katherine Hobbes said every concern will be examined when the proposed by-law amendment to double the height of the building goes before the city planning committee.
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