^ I would be surprised if they did... Gerretsen would be wise to stay out of the political fray on this one - that is the entire purpose of the OMB, to let good planning prevail and not local politics dictate decisions.
Part of the plan includes 190 units of affordable housing. The OMB made a sensible planning decision in an area, that truthfully speaking, needs investment to revitalize it. I don't understand this 'what about the poor artists arguement'. The development will increase the stock or available housing in the area and include affordable housing. How many people actually currently live in the 48 Abell building? (that is substandard housing, far below current code standards and terrible energy inefficient).