The public wants it.
A highrise tower proposed for Masonville is being driven by demand as Tricar Group’s three other residential towers in the neighbourhood are largely sold out, with a waiting list, company president Joe Carapella said Monday - writes lfpress.com
A 22-storey, 230-unit tower proposed for 230 North Centre Rd., just north of Masonville Place mall, has angered some area residents who say it is too big for the largely low- and medium-density area, populated by one- and two-storey condominiums, a seniors home and single-family homes.
Neighbours are taking issue with the scale of the development. They believe it is too high and want it scaled back. But the city’s official plan, which guides building in the city, allows it, said Carapella.
“Even if it is 18 storeys, that won’t make a difference,” said Carapella. “A tower is a tower.”
A neighbourhood group has vowed a fight over the building, near the intersection of Richmond Street and Fanshawe Park Road. Along with the height, they fear the additional units will see a lot more traffic at the intersection already dubbed “calamity corners.”
“Our condo corporation is angry,” said Victoria Digby, a neighbour who is leading the charge. “Provincial legislation says building should fit the area in a compatible and sensible way. There is not a building this large in the area.”
Coun. Maureen Cassidy, who represents the area, has also stated concern the tower will throw a courtyard at a neighboring seniors home into shadow, and wants to see the tower scaled back.
Carapella said he bought the land from the retirement home.
“The city wants the density. I just want to say to the neighbours, ‘Don’t be concerned. There is not much difference between 18 and 22 storeys,’ ” said Carapella.
“It is a commercial hub, where people want density.”
The beauty of a residential tower is the 230 units will house as many people in one building on 1.1 hectares of land, as would be spread over 60 acres in a subdivision, he added.