This application was made in 2007,prior to my taking office, and received final resolution in early 2010 through the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) process for a multi-phase development. The plan includes three towers ranging in height from 15 to 24 storeys, 12 town homes fronting on Dane Avenue, an extension of Corona Street to the north side of Lawrence Avenue West, and a community park.
An application was made in 2012 proposing to increase building heights from 24 storeys to 29 storeys, and 20 storeys to 25 storeys on Lawrence Avenue West, and to relocate the existing Shoppers Drug Mart store next to 760 Lawrence Avenue West (Liberty Walk) and allow it remain at that location on a permanent basis.
A report to North York Community Council on June 13, 2012 provided preliminary information on the application and sought Community Council's directions on further processing of the applications and community consultation process.
City Planning Staff opposed the additional height on these buildings. The applicant appealed the City's position to the OMB. As a result of the appeal, the applicant was no longer required to conduct a community consultation meeting. During this time I met with many residents to discuss their concerns and questions about these proposed changes.
On January 8, 2013, a final agreement was reached between City Planning and the applicant that would result in no additional height to the building, removal of proposed town homes on Dane Avenue, and an increase in park space.
Since that time, the applicant has applied to the Committee of Adjustment to allow an increase to the building height despite the agreement that was reached at the OMB. A hearing date has been set for May 23, 2013 to review this application.
If you would like more information on this application and upcoming hearing, please contact City Planner Cathie Ferguson, 416-395-7117, or my office at 416-392-4027.