The meeting happens Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Secord Public School at 7 p.m. A community consultation meeting took place previously in 2010, but the proposal by the Preston Group, which owns the property and several adjacent residential properties, has since been revised.
Local Councillor Janet Davis said the plan has gone through three or four versions, but the public hasn't had a chance to see this newest version yet that proposes just one new residential building of 22 storeys (previously 26) with 208 condominium units.
The proposed condo building would be built adjacent to the existing apartment building at 90 Eastdale Ave. and behind the residential building at 2 Secord Ave., both of which are owned by the Preston Group. An earlier proposal included a second building to be built on the surface parking lot of 2 Secord.
Residents' concerns also included living with years of construction, the shadow cast of the new building, the loss of the green space, and the addition of more residents in the area, which would increase traffic and could cause overcrowding at the local school. There are also concerns among tenants about the Preston Group's ability to manage this project as they've had issues with their landlord for years, including in the fallout after a fire and explosion with an underground hydro vault in July 2008. The tenants association formed following that experience.