News Briefs for Nov. 3, 2015

Despite a residents’ petition and a local councillor who opposed plans to install a sidewalk in front of 13 houses at the south end of Midland Avenue, a majority of councillors on Toronto’s public works and infrastructure committee approved the plan on Oct. 6 and the work is now underway. The committee also voted to fast-track plans for a continuous, west-side sidewalk along Midland between Romana Drive and Sandown Avenue so that it is built by 2017.

City staff have unveiled plans for a $3.2-million double gym at Birchmount Community Centre. The centre currently features a pool, kitchen, and multipurpose room – the gym would be a first for the community centres in Ward 36. Construction is expected to start next spring, and a public meeting about the project is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 at Variety Village.

An eight-storey, 166-unit condo proposed for the southwest corner of Danforth Avenue and Morton Road will be the subject of a public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 in the Danforth-Coxwell Library. The site is currently home to a vacant postal outlet and the former Wise Guys bar.

City councillors will soon consider a third condo proposal near Kingston Road and Main Street.

Developer Craig Hunter is proposing to build an eight-storey condo with some rental suites and ground-floor retail spaces at the northwest corner of Kingston and Main.

The site is currently home to a three-storey apartment building and a single-storey auto garage.

The proposed condo would have a total of 75 residential units, 11 of them rental suites to replace the existing apartments on the corner. The project would also include two levels of underground parking, accessed from a laneway on the building’s west side.

In July, city council approved another two development projects nearby – a seven-storey condo on the former Beaches Child Care site across that west-side laneway, and another seven-storey condo with two townhouses on the southeast corner of Kingston and Southwood Drive.

Planners will present a preliminary report on the Hunter proposal to local city councillors on Nov. 10.

The report notes that the project includes 60 fewer parking spaces than the city’s standard policy requires, and that the project requires an amendment to the city’s Official Plan because the property is currently zoned for buildings no taller than four storeys.

The proposed condo was designed by RAW Design, the architects who drew up the plans for other mid-rise condos currently under construction at Kingston and Woodbine, Gerrard and Woodbine, and Kenilworth and Queen.

A public meeting about the proposal will be scheduled sometime this spring.

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