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Annex residents worried about density as council reviews Bathurst-Bloor plan

Annex residents concerned about plans to redevelop Honest Ed’s and the other three corners of Bathurst and Bloor made their voices heard at city hall Tuesday.

All 4 corners of downtown intersection, including Honest Ed's site, set to be redeveloped

Honest Ed's is set to close at the end of the year, clearing the way for major redevelopment work on all four corners of the Bathurst-Bloor intersection. (CBC)

Annex residents concerned about plans to redevelop Honest Ed's and the other three corners of Bathurst and Bloor made their voices heard at city hall Tuesday.

The Toronto and East York Community Council met to discuss the recent Bathurst-Bloor Four Corners Study, which recommends amending the city's official plan to develop the well-known downtown intersection.

Honest Ed's is set to close at the end of the year, paving the way for a future development that could include a 29-storey tower.

Council hasn't approved any projects yet, but people who live in the largely residential area say they're worried about intense urban density coming to their neighbourhood.

Sue Dexter, of the Harbord Village Residents' Association, said she wants property developers to scale back their designs.

"Lower. Less. So it'll fit in the neighbourhood," Dexter told CBC Toronto.

Avrum Regenstreif, of the Seaton Village Residents' Association, said he thinks the area's streets are too narrow to handle what he calls "horrendous, horrendous density."

The staff report presented to the community council addresses several of those concerns. It lays out recommendations governing everything from sidewalk width to how much space needs to be devoted for public space. 

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