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Taller, slimmer building will preserve co-op views, councillors say
North York councillors have approved a taller and slimmer highrise condominium building at Orchard Heights Boulevard and Duplex Avenue to preserve the views for residents of a neighbouring housing co-op.
The 20-storey development, proposed by developer Orchard View Holdings a block northwest of Eglinton Avenue and Yonge Street, must still be approved by council at its Aug. 25-26 meeting.
The developer had planned a 17-storey, wider building for the site.
But neighbours said the controversial development left the community full of "outrage" and "fury".
Dozens of residents packed the North York community council meeting Tuesday Aug. 17 to complain the highrise was excessive and inappropriate.
Ann King, chairperson of the board of directors of the Stanley Knowles Housing Co-op, said the wider building would cut off views for seniors and people with disabilities living in the co-op.
Eglinton-Lawrence Councillor Karen Stintz is hoping the community can accept the highrise after compromises were reached.
"I hope so. It reflects what the community asked for," said Stintz, adding councillors also accommodated residents' requests for a lower density, setbacks from the street and fewer floors on the wider base at street level.
Not only do I lack sympathy, as you called for I hope they get a 30+ story building here ... I should seriously attend the meetings and argue such.Dumb.. this will be at the corner of an intersection with two transit lines.. People in the area simply dont want to accept change.. I hope they get shot down. If anything this place could be seeing 30+ floors and they are complaining about 20. Move to Caledon if you dont want buildings beside you. Im sorry I lack sympathy but this is a CITY!