Ravine not in danger, Glen Manor builder says

The owner of a plot of land at the edge of Ivan Forrest Gardens near the south end of the Glen Stewart ravine said Beachers concerned about inappropriate development in the area have nothing to worry about from him.

Rob Mollet is the latest owner of an empty lot bordered by Glen Manor Drive (the property address is 165 Glen Manor Dr.), a home on Pine Crescent, a home on Crown Park Road and Ivan Forrest Gardens. The land has recently been sold by the owners on Crown Park Road, for whom it had previously served as an extended yard. While the lot does sit at the north end of the ravine, he pointed out that the property has always been zoned as Residential, and has a lot density of 0.35. The only request he will have for the city will be to sever the lot into two properties, where he plans to build two small homes – 110 and 120 square metres – in the ‘raised craftsman bungalow’ style, “completely in keeping with the neighbourhood.

“I’m making no application for any minor variance. None,” he said.

Mollet has been consulting the city’s ravine control bylaw, the development rules for properties with intact trees, Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, which regulates the property. There were concerns raised by McMahon about a water course that runs under the land.

“So I immediately investigated that. It’s privately managed, in perfect condition,” said Mollet. The stream runs under the rear (east) property line, into a catch basin in Ivan Forrest Gardens.

The planned houses will be within all setback limits, and all mature trees will be protected. The land at the south end, which slopes into the ravine, will remain untouched – the house at that end will be clear of the tree canopy.

“My aim is to comply with everyone’s wish list. I’m not interested in a fight,” he said. Pointing out some nearby construction projects on Pine Crescent and Crown Park Road, he added, “I’m also not interested in building a $3.5 million home.”

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