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Not my usual type of App. reporting, more of an @AlbertC special.

A bit bigger than 'missing middle' but only slightly.

But a relatively ambitious ask.

This is a proposal for a 4-storey, 16-unit, purpose-built rental, that would exist on what is currently one single family home lot with Neighbourhood zoning.

The lot is, however, beside an existing, low-rise, purpose built rental and less than 1/2 a block from the Main Street bus route.

Site as is:

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Given how deep and woodsy the lot is, I wanted to get a better shot than this and had to go back to April 2009:

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Note the extreme depth here, and that this home and those adjacent are all backing onto a ravine.

Aerial Pic:

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That said, the App:

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From the Docs:

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* note the significant error above, the unit total is 16, not 116!


Comments: I support the idea here, but I would imagine an objection from the neighbours, the 13M height ask, plus the removal of several trees (though all the removals are non-native, invasive, except for a dead tree), plus relatively low parking provision, will likely draw hackles.

My only personal negative is that driveway which I feel really diminishes the front and the landscaping potential of this building; but there is no practical way to address that without removing the parking entirely. (the lot is insufficiently wide to permit rear surface parking, and no one will support a parking lot out front.

I wonder if the front couldn't be reduced to a single parking parking pad reserved for carshare? Hmmm.

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The proposed building would not encroach on the ravine land, and the stewardship plan is broadly reasonable (predominantly native planting is proposed).
 
Neat! I had no idea this street/place existed until now. Just browsing the surroundings on Google it looks like there's several lowrise apartment buildings of comparable density clustered around Main Street. Hope they get this approved.
 
A “proposed demo-victing of 3 young families” is what this development should be entitled as. I’m sure these developers aren’t going to offer any real solution to the housing crises in Toronto in general, or put in any accessible units geared to income. As a nearby resident, our units are renting for over $2000 now. This project will disturb my life and wellbeing as well, due to the heavy construction and the aftermath of how this will affect the street’s dynamic. It will undoubtedly restrict my accessible usage of the street and create barriers for me due to all the debris and machinery for probably a number of years if this is approved. If these housing developers gave some monetary compensation for disrupting everyone affected and the natural habitats for something that looks like another dark, dreary jail that has 6 measly parking spaces, maybe I wouldn’t feel this way. The last thing I want as a Torontonian with a medical condition is to be paying more to live here and have no reasonable enjoyment of my home and my neighbourhood which has adequate greenspace compared to a lot of other areas. This is a residential street and already has a small condo development. It is relatively quiet though there is a lot of traffic where the church is (directly across from the Tenants who currently live in the house), it is troublesome for people to find parking generally and there is no accessible parking on this street, nor have any of these considerations been mentioned on the application since during and after the building process the parking is a necessary factor to oversee. The duration and specifics of the construction process hasn’t been made into a timetable for the impacted neighbours to read up on to plan our lives around it…many of us now work from home and could not with a construction site next door and underground. The placement of this proposed development gives no benefit to the busy corner of this residential street and is too near to the larger apartments surrounding it with approximately 60 units. The height of this development will diminish the natural sunlight, privacy and pleasant view from the existing buildings on top of inconveniencing the whole neighbourhood with construction noise. Find a larger vacant space for this development and benefit the citizens rather than just your own pockets. Make it worthwhile. This is just going to be a headache as it’s going to affect so many at this time.
 
Join the meeting and make your voice heard in support of development

Bad link above - here is the good link -

9 Benlamond Avenue - Community Consultation Meeting​

Monday, June 12, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 
A “proposed demo-victing of 3 young families” is what this development should be entitled as. I’m sure these developers aren’t going to offer any real solution to the housing crises in Toronto in general, or put in any accessible units geared to income. As a nearby resident, our units are renting for over $2000 now. This project will disturb my life and wellbeing as well, due to the heavy construction and the aftermath of how this will affect the street’s dynamic. It will undoubtedly restrict my accessible usage of the street and create barriers for me due to all the debris and machinery for probably a number of years if this is approved. If these housing developers gave some monetary compensation for disrupting everyone affected and the natural habitats for something that looks like another dark, dreary jail that has 6 measly parking spaces, maybe I wouldn’t feel this way. The last thing I want as a Torontonian with a medical condition is to be paying more to live here and have no reasonable enjoyment of my home and my neighbourhood which has adequate greenspace compared to a lot of other areas. This is a residential street and already has a small condo development. It is relatively quiet though there is a lot of traffic where the church is (directly across from the Tenants who currently live in the house), it is troublesome for people to find parking generally and there is no accessible parking on this street, nor have any of these considerations been mentioned on the application since during and after the building process the parking is a necessary factor to oversee. The duration and specifics of the construction process hasn’t been made into a timetable for the impacted neighbours to read up on to plan our lives around it…many of us now work from home and could not with a construction site next door and underground. The placement of this proposed development gives no benefit to the busy corner of this residential street and is too near to the larger apartments surrounding it with approximately 60 units. The height of this development will diminish the natural sunlight, privacy and pleasant view from the existing buildings on top of inconveniencing the whole neighbourhood with construction noise. Find a larger vacant space for this development and benefit the citizens rather than just your own pockets. Make it worthwhile. This is just going to be a headache as it’s going to affect so many at this time.
Well put - the supposed goal of affordability is put lie to by the demoviction. The Gold Rush continues at the cost of us all.
 
A “proposed demo-victing of 3 young families” is what this development should be entitled as. I’m sure these developers aren’t going to offer any real solution to the housing crises in Toronto in general, or put in any accessible units geared to income. As a nearby resident, our units are renting for over $2000 now. This project will disturb my life and wellbeing as well, due to the heavy construction and the aftermath of how this will affect the street’s dynamic. It will undoubtedly restrict my accessible usage of the street and create barriers for me due to all the debris and machinery for probably a number of years if this is approved. If these housing developers gave some monetary compensation for disrupting everyone affected and the natural habitats for something that looks like another dark, dreary jail that has 6 measly parking spaces, maybe I wouldn’t feel this way. The last thing I want as a Torontonian with a medical condition is to be paying more to live here and have no reasonable enjoyment of my home and my neighbourhood which has adequate greenspace compared to a lot of other areas. This is a residential street and already has a small condo development. It is relatively quiet though there is a lot of traffic where the church is (directly across from the Tenants who currently live in the house), it is troublesome for people to find parking generally and there is no accessible parking on this street, nor have any of these considerations been mentioned on the application since during and after the building process the parking is a necessary factor to oversee. The duration and specifics of the construction process hasn’t been made into a timetable for the impacted neighbours to read up on to plan our lives around it…many of us now work from home and could not with a construction site next door and underground. The placement of this proposed development gives no benefit to the busy corner of this residential street and is too near to the larger apartments surrounding it with approximately 60 units. The height of this development will diminish the natural sunlight, privacy and pleasant view from the existing buildings on top of inconveniencing the whole neighbourhood with construction noise. Find a larger vacant space for this development and benefit the citizens rather than just your own pockets. Make it worthwhile. This is just going to be a headache as it’s going to affect so many at this time.
This is like some NIMBY copypasta. It's always funny when it's super clear that a person has created various online accounts just to complain about nearby housing being built
 
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