Residents oppose Danforth condo height

A group of residents who live near a proposed East Danforth condominium development say the height in the rezoning application is too tall and have submitted a petition to the city underscoring their concern.

A community meeting for the eight-storey development at 2301 and 2315 Danforth Avenue between Morton Road and Patricia Drive, the site of the former Wise Guys bar, was held March 7, but the group of residents say in a letter to city staff that they are not satisfied with what was presented with the meeting. The letter resubmits a petition signed by 21 residents of wards 31 and 32 that was first submitted to the city in November.

“Our primary concern remains that the height of 27 metres is too high and should be rejected.  A reduction in height and a corresponding reduction in the number of units would be preferable to enhance the acceptability of the proposal,” reads the letter, signed by Charles Braive and fellow friends of Danforth East. “We note that no one at the March 7 meeting spoke in favour of the proposed height except the proponent. We do not believe that the development of the whole Danforth ‘Avenue’ in this manner and size is beneficial or desirable.”

The city is in the process of studying the Danforth area in an avenue study, a process that will end with guidelines for how new buildings should look so that they will fit into the character of the neighbourhood. Until that study is done, the city studies other developments in the area for context and considers the impact on adjacent neighbourhoods.

This group believes that the areas that have been studied are not sufficient for context and should not be used to justify allowing the 27-metre height.

An earlier letter to the city from this same group called the proposed building a “monolith” and said it would cast large shadows on the Danforth and surrounding homes.

The developer, Marlin Spring Investment, submitted in its application a sun and shadow study that shows how the shadows would look in comparison to existing and approved buildings in the area, asking at the March 7 meeting that those concerned with potential shade refer to the document.

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I have attended several of these meetings now for numerous developments in our area and the Beach. It is always the same 3 issues; parking, traffic and height of the building. Please not that not all residents had objection to the height of the building, albeit most of them did. Also note that even though the city official told us that this was an information session and that it was important to be courteous that this was completely ignored by some of the more verbal opponents of the development. My partner and I left, we were so embarrassed. That stretch of the Danforth is economically depressed with many empty store fronts and a general seedy feeling. We need these developments along the Danforth and I for one are in favour of them!

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