Dramatic and troubling information has been received from Fengate Asset Management regarding their plans to redevelop 1-3 Concorde Gate and 10-12 Concorde Place.
Fengate has signalled their intention to construct a total of nine tall buildings at these locations, ranging in height from 40 to 52 storeys.
They have provided our office with the plans that form the basis of preliminary consultations which they have initiated with City of Toronto Planning staff. You can view their proposal for yourself here: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:e9c1c3da-04bf-4f39-91f8-35374fc3ce75
In Denzil’s view, this is an unwarranted and totally inappropriate Application that the community will vigorously oppose. Our preliminary analysis shows that if approved in its current form, this proposal will double the number of units in the community. This project is in addition to an ongoing Application that has been filed at 175 Wynford Drive, where Fengate is a partner. This is unacceptable for several reasons, not limited to:
- Transportation: an earlier Transportation Study that development in the area would degrade the traffic rating on Concorde Gate to an “F” – the lowest rating.
- Recreation Amenities: there are very few community supports and recreational facilities in the area, with only a small playground available to the entire neighbourhood.
- School: even with a new elementary school planned for Don Mills and Eglinton, we do not have the capacity in the local schools for this scale of growth. Children will need to be bussed to schools outside of their community.
Unfortunately, I suspect that developers are taking advantage of planning principles that encourage development along “transit corridors,” such as those created by the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the new Ontario Line.
While the community does not welcome this news, there is nothing stopping these owners from meeting with the Planning Department to discuss their proposal, and ultimately filing an application, should they decide to proceed.
Denzil intends to call an emergency meeting with all Wynford-Concorde condo board presidents as well as the tenant and resident groups and other stakeholders to discuss this new Application, as well as the Application for 175 Wynford Drive. We will also be planning a broader public meeting to discuss this proposal in the future.
Please feel free to contact our office if you wish to be kept informed or participate in these meetings.