Toronto mansion linked to Drake gets green light to be built
Bungalow on the $6.7M property to be demolished to make way for palatial home
A Toronto mansion linked to Drake has been given the go-ahead to be built.
A municipal panel unanimously approved the construction plans for the property, which is slated for construction at 21 Park Lane Circle, which is located in the tony Bridle Path neighbourhood near Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East.
According to plans filed with the city, a bungalow currently on the lot will be razed to make way for a two-storey mansion with an attached garage.
The property was purchased for $6.7 million in September 2015 by a numbered company based in Halifax.
The company lists Drake's DJ and close friend Adel Nur, who also goes by the name Future The Prince, as its president.
Two neighbours attended the committee of adjustment meeting to voice concerns about the property.
One of them was Maureen Wright, president of the Edwards Gardens Neighbourhood Association, an organization representing the owners of 85 homes in the Bridle Path area.
Wright spoke initially in opposition to the height of the proposed home, which was slightly higher than was allowed.
But when she heard from Michael Goldberg, the project's planning consultant, agree to lower the height slightly she withdrew her objection and Goldberg's variances were allowed by the North York committee of adjustments.
When asked whether neighbours would object to a celebrity living among them, Wright seemed unfazed.
"If you look, Prince lived around the neighbourhood; many baseball stars have occupied homes there, so this is not an anomaly," she said.
"It's in keeping with, I think, the residents of the neighborhood."
The other neighbour also withdrew when Goldberg told the panel that the original plans have been scaled back.
Goldberg refused to identify who he was working for, or to speak to reporters about the changes he was seeking.
Representatives for Drake did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
- An earlier version of this story identified the project's planning consultant as Mike Greenberg. The consultant's name is in fact Michael Goldberg.May 27, 2016 11:06 AM ET
With files from Mike Smee