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CHATTER: “One-legged stool” build plan quashed on Prince Arthur (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · No Comments

After years of opposition, many Annex residents relished the defeat of a proposed development on 64 Prince Arthur Ave. The proposal was brought to the City of Toronto twice – the first time as a 29-storey condominium building with luxury rentals, the second time as a 19-storey building. In both instances, the design was one of twisting steel and glass that would have stood in stark contrast to the low-rise brick and vine neighbourhood. At the end of January, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) wholly dismissed the developers’ appeal.

“In summary the Tribunal finds the development proposal akin to a one-legged stool: it is built solely on the locational attributes of the subject lands,” wrote the OMB.

Councillor Joe Cressy of Ward 10 was one of the project’s most vocal opponents and in a 2018 meeting he told the developer, ADI Development Group, that the project was one of the ugliest he had seen in his time at city hall and “the city will not allow this.”

The current 2-storey building at the proposed development site is a vacant medical office. Currently ADI has not specified any future plans for the site. 

—Luca Tatulli/Gleaner New

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