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Proposed Orléans towers are too tall, residents argue

People living in Petrie's Landing aren't happy about a proposal to build four new highrises that are much taller than the two they already have.

4 towers between 18 and 32 storeys would surround 2 existing 15- and 16-storey towers

People living in Petrie's Landing aren't happy about a proposal to build four new highrises that are much taller than the two they already have.

The two existing towers are 15 and 16 storeys high.

Developer Brigil submitted a proposal to the city in November seeking permission to build four more towers nearby, standing between 18 and 32 storeys.

But the original plan was to keep any additional towers roughly the same size as the first two, and the developer's submitted proposal has left some residents upset about the prospect of that much densification.

"The property should be developed as originally envisaged," said David Primeau, who lives in one of the existing Petrie towers.

"We could put a lot of people in a lot of buildings but it doesn't necessarily achieve a sound community."

Primeau spoke in front of dozens of other residents and representatives of Brigil during a community information session put on by the city Monday night. Several other residents voiced concerns about increased traffic.

Brigil has submitted a zoning application for four towers and increased height at Petrie's Landing. The two on the right would be 18 and 22 storeys, while the two on the left would be 32 and 22 storeys. (Brigil and NEUF architect(e)s)

"The roadway is not really designed for that [amount of people]," said Lyle Gainsford.

The buildings are located on Inlet Private, a small street near Trim Road and Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard.

"The roadway has two very sharp corners. One corner cannot be navigated by [large vehicles]," Gainsford said.

LRT on the way

With Trim Road set to be the eastern terminus of Phase 2 LRT in 2022, the proposal falls in line with the city's goal to increase density around future light rail stations.

In their proposal, Brigil argued the proximity to light rail warrants the extra height and units.

Orléans Coun. Matthew Luloff, who inherited the file from former councillor Bob Monette, attended Monday night's meeting.

Lyle Gainsford was one of dozens of residents at the meeting who voiced concerns about the proposal.

"I think that we hear that the height they're proposing is too much for the land to handle," Luloff said. "But I think that the residents understand that we need to have density around the LRT."

Primeau argued that if larger highrises are needed around LRT, he'd prefer to see them spread out a little more.

Luloff said he would work with Brigil to ensure the concerns of residents are taken into account going forward.

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