Proposal would mean building replaced with 53-storey tower
City doesn’t expect current application to go far
(Written for Town Crier June 3.)
An application to build a highrise tower at the corner of Eglinton and Duplex will need some drastic changes if it’s going to get any support from the city or community, says local rep Karen Stintz.
Premium Properties wants to replace a seven-storey commercial and retail building at the northeast portion of the corner with a 53-storey, 458-unit residential tower.
Stintz called the project in its current status “ridiculous”.
“We had a community meeting on this. Myself, the planner and community told the developer that it’s so big, so out of keeping (with neighbourhood),” she said. “They need to make drastic changes.”
A working group of residents, city and development officials won’t even be set up until the applicant comes back with a revised plan, she said.
Bruce Engell, a lawyer for the developer said the application hasn’t been formally revised.
“The applicant is working to see what revisions can be done that everyone can support. That takes time to do well.”
The developer first submitted an application a year ago, but so far has no plans to take the issue to the Ontario Municipal Board, said Engell.
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