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Neighbourhood wants redesign for proposed 900,000 square foot condo development

Two developers met with significant resistance at a recent public meeting called to discuss a major new development proposed for Front and Bathurst.

The meeting, which attracted about 200 people to discuss this and a new Loblaw store at Lakeshore and Bathurst, was told about the 900,000 square foot condo proposal intended for the 100,000 square foot site currently occupied by the Lambourghini and Harley Davidson dealerships on Front just west of the Globe and Mail building.

"It's the biggest crowd we've had in four years," says councillor Adam Vaughan, who represents the ward.

The developers, Freed Developments and Minto, proposed a linear park among four towers and a private courtyard, a project Vaughan calls "CityPlace north of Front Street."

"I haven't seen a project dealt with that harshly ever by a neighbourhood," he says. "It was just, 'No. Too tall. Too ugly.'"

I would hope they'd revisit it," Vaughan says of the proposal, designed by Rudy Wallman, "but you never can tell with Peter [Freed]." Freed, he says, was the first and still only developer to have taken Vaughan to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Adam Vaughan

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