Rental of the Week: $3,250 per month for a one-bedroom condo near St. Lawrence Market

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Published on: November 30, 2016

Address: 138 Princess Street, Unit 703
Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence
Agent: Javier Gutierrez, Toronto Luxury Rentals
Price: $3,250 per month

The place

A one-bedroom suite with a balcony overlooking King Street East.

The living room and kitchen are combined:

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A closer look at the kitchen:

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Here’s the bathroom:

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And the master bedroom:

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The history

This unit is on the seventh floor of the East Lofts, a mid-rise condo tower built in 2010. The current owner is a model who has been living here with her boyfriend, but now she’s travelling to Singapore for school and work. In the past, she has used Airbnb to fill the apartment while she’s away for short periods of time. Now she’s looking for a tenant who will stay at least three months.

Big selling point

The floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and bedroom flood the place with light. Both rooms have doors to the balcony:

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Possible deal breaker

For some, the unit’s sleek interior will add to its appeal—but not everyone will love the concrete ceilings.

By the numbers

• $3,250 per month (utilities included)
• 800 square feet
• 1 bedroom
• 1 bathroom
• 1 balcony

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/condos/toronto-condo-for-rent-138-princess-street/

“Developers always win because the system is bullshit”: Rosedale residents on the area’s controversial new condo

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Published on: November 30, 2016

Forget Trump and road tolls. At Rosedalian dinner parties, there’s one controversial topic that looms heaviest of all: a luxury four-storey, 26-unit condominium that would wipe out three detached homes on Dale Avenue. The trouble? The project—by Dale Inc. and Dale II Inc., subsidiaries of Hunter Milborne Real Estate—is in the South Rosedale Heritage Conservation District. City staff are currently reviewing whether the development would break any of the district’s rules, but some neighbours are outraged at the very thought of putting up such a complex. Last week, the city invited stakeholders to the Church of St. Peter and St. Simon (who would curse in a church, right?) to unveil nitty-gritty details about the would-be building and consult the public. We dropped in and asked the project’s most vocal champions and critics to make their cases.

PeterCarroll

Peter Carroll

52, consultant • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
We just spent three years renovating our house; it was a very difficult, complicated project. The city had a lot of requirements and laws that we had to adhere to. Suddenly, a developer wants to build something that’s worth a lot of money, and the rules go out the window?

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
No, because it’s a heritage conservation district. This started 15-odd years ago, when Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz built their monster house. They bulldozed a couple of beautiful Rosedale homes, built a massive compound and then built one big house on it, sort of like the Bridle Path. Now we have something that’s even worse. You start bulldozing your house, my house—what’s left?

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
The developer always wins because the whole system is bullshit. It’ll go to the OMB, it’ll get rubber-stamped and we, the people who live here, lose.

 

StephenMoranis

Stephen Moranis

66, real estate consultant • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
I support it because I think it’s a thoughtful development. I think it gives people who want to stay in the neighbourhood an opportunity to scale down from a bigger home into a condominium. The density’s not huge, it’s a small building, it has large units, it’s going to have parking and it’s going to have lots of landscaping and privacy. I can’t see why people—other than those not wanting anything to happen—would be so opposed to this.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
Common sense should win the fight. To put things into perspective: we’re allowing 85 storeys at Yonge and Bloor, 95 over Holt Renfrew, and 16 buildings over 55 storeys in the Yorkville area. So to oppose something like this, you sort of have to scratch your head. Come on, it’s absolutely ridiculous.

 

 

MarciaCunningham2

Marcia Cunningham

63, educational consultant • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
I oppose it, vehemently, for a couple reasons. One is density. There are already several apartment buildings on Dale Avenue. The infrastructure is okay for the number of people we currently have, but it’s not a good idea to start adding density in the neighbourhood. They’ve allowed for 57 cars, too, so we’ll have a lot of cars. There are already traffic jams along Dale and along Castle Frank. When they’re not jammed up, they’re speeding, so kids can’t play. Another thing I really object to is that there’s no incentive for the developers to actually care about the neighbourhood. They don’t live there, they come in, they make their money and they leave.

Does it make sense to oppose new housing five minutes from a subway station?
There’s not enough room on the subway lines: if you’re taking the Castle Frank subway anywhere near rush hour, you may as well be in Japan—you’re squished like a bug. Adding another 50 or 60 people to that doesn’t help.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
Oh god, I wish it wasn’t always characterized as a fight. I feel there are factors in the developer’s favour. They have a lot of money and clout.

 

BiancaPollak2

Bianca Pollak

50s, architect • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
It’s a great opportunity for people who live in Rosedale who don’t want to keep their houses but still live in the neighbourhood. They can have a beautiful apartment, which will replace their homes. There aren’t so many opportunities like this. I also believe the project will lift the value of the whole area—the design is great.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
Well, I believe we need a balance. We have to hear everybody and then we have to make a decision and balance all opinions.

 

 

RubsunHo

Rubsun Ho

46, start-up CEO • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
I’m opposed to it because it’s a bit of a slippery slope. As far as I know, there’s a bylaw in place preventing these types of buildings from being built and against the demolition of single-family homes. I’m not opposed to densification, but what they’re doing here changes the character of the neighbourhood and it sets the precedent for a number of other homes to be torn down.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
It’s not that I’m opposed to new housing. If you go across the ravine, there’s a number of 40- or 50-storey buildings being built next to the same subway station. It’s more that we have certain neighbourhoods in Toronto that need to be preserved: the history, the character, the neighbourhood, the liveability. If we start allowing all these single-family homes to be demolished, then we’re going to end up in an urban jungle. We’re going to lose the character of the neighbourhood that makes it special, the reason a number of us moved here and bought homes here.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
If I were a betting man, I’d say the odds are highly in favour of the developer, and that’s what bothers me. We pay taxes and we elect our city councillors to represent our interests, and all it takes is a developer to submit plans. As far as I can tell, 90 times out of 100, it goes before an unelected body and the plans move forward. It just seems to me it’s the tail wagging the dog. Rules and bylaws are in place, but if there’s money to be made…

 

HunterMilborne

Hunter Milborne

66, CEO of Development company behind proposed condo • Lives in Yorkville

What do you think of the development?
We’ve got hundreds of thousands of people moving to Toronto every few years. I think this is an appropriate project for this location. But part of the beautiful process of democracy is that people get to come and voice their opinions. There’s the not-in-my-backyard concept, and there will be construction for a year or two, so it can be uncomfortable for some people, you know.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I think the development will happen, but I don’t think it’s “win” or “lose.” It’s a process. Everybody has the right to their opinions and to have input.

 

KathyLee

Kathy Lee

50s, CEO • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
We completely object to this development. I lead the community effort called My Rosedale Neighbourhood. We have almost 300 people in the immediate area who oppose the development for different issues: it’s too big; it is precedent-setting for south Rosedale; the proposed architecture does not conform to heritage rules; it’s going to add too much traffic.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
That is a very good point, because there is an argument that intensification is a good thing. But this is not in the spirit of intensification. These are units that are going to sell for more than $2.5 million. These are not people who are going to take the subway—they are going to get in their cars and drive.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
Absolutely the community, because we live here day to day. A developer cannot come in and pretend that he knows the neighbourhood better than the hundreds of us that have lived here for decades.

 

JasonJaque

Jason Jaque

30, marketer • Lives near Yonge and Bloor

What do you think of the development?
I support it because I think that it’s beautiful. It’s standout architecture. It looks like it’s going to be cultural luxury building, so it’s not going to be adding a lot of supply to allow more people to move into the neighbourhood. I think it’s probably something that will be a bit of a hidden gem in the city. For people who follow architecture and who are watching the market evolve, they’re going to know it and love it and it’s going to be something that will be internationally significant.

Does it make sense for people to oppose new housing five minutes from a subway station?
I think it makes sense on a micro scale—if you’re the next door neighbour, you don’t want the construction. But if you’re going to look at the greater good for the long run of residents in the city of Toronto, it makes sense that we’re building more densely.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I think they’re approaching this carefully, talking to all the right people, doing all the right studies and being very open about the process. There’s a group of people who oppose it, but I think they’re concerns don’t reflect the overall goals of this city, and in terms of what this neighbourhood should actually be.

 

JuliaOuellette

Julia Ouellette

59, philanthropist • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
I object to it on a number of bases—number one because it contravenes existing bylaws that were put in place to protect the integrity of the neighbourhood. Anyone who’s wanted to do a small renovation on their home has been subject to working within those bylaws. A developer comes in and none of the rules seem to matter.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
I don’t oppose new housing if it is in keeping with the bylaws and the feeling of the neighbourhood: single-family dwellings. There are very good models out there for new housing that would be appropriate to the neighbourhood.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I think the developer is going to win. I think the system is stacked against the individuals who have invested time, money and love to create a neighbourhood—a neighbourhood so attractive to developers that they want to come in and destroy it.

 

KatheryneParzei

Katheryne Parzei

27, architect • Lives downtown

What do you think of the development?
I definitely support it. The design caters to the heritage environment and the scale of the building definitely adds some character to the neighbourhood.

Does it make sense for people to oppose new housing five minutes from a subway station?
I think that the city is getting bigger and bigger and, especially in such a beautiful neighbourhood, it’s important to allow more people to live in it.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I really hope that we do.

 

HowardBortenstein

Howard Bortenstein

63, management consultant • Lives in Cabbagetown

What do you think of the development?
I oppose it. In Cabbagetown, we’ve been through this: we saw the impact of developers, and then the Ratepayers’ Association was created in the ’70s to stop that development. Now it’s a beautiful environment. I think of this as the start of a slippery slope.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
There is new housing five minutes from a lot of subway stations. I’m not sure why this particular neighbourhood needs to have that increased density.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I sense there’s going to be a middle ground, a consensus. I don’t think they’re will be a winner. The developer will have to give, but residents will also have to look at their best alternatives.

 

LewisRedford2

Lewis Reford

55, renewable energy developer • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
Speaking both personally and on behalf of the North Rosedale Residents Association, of which I am currently president, there’s a lot of opposition primarily because our community has a special characteristic. In the context of all North American cities, it has magically held onto its single-family residential status, filed with families, elderly people, dogs, wildlife and ravines. Rosedale feels it has to be strong in its opposition to the first of what could be many of these types of buildings.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
No. On the contrary, I was walking across the pedestrian bridge with a visitor from New York City. His eyes opened with that magical revelation that this is something special. The juxtaposition of a green residential neighbourhood, with children playing and riding their bicycles, right next to St. James Town and the busiest shopping street in the city—that is in fact a wonderful thing to celebrate, not something that should be frowned upon as a sign of inequity.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I think that a lot of developments have ultimately prevailed with the help of incredibly strong lawyering and backroom deals. But I think all the way back to Jane Jacobs and the Spadina Expressway resistance: with the strong pushback of a community in a really passionate and logical way, this development can be stopped.

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/rosedale-condo-development-streeters/

Sale of the Week: The $1.5-million house that shows the difference marketing (and a price drop) can make

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Published on: November 29, 2016

Address: 26 Algonquin Avenue
Neighbourhood: Roncesvalles
Agent: Monte Burris, Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty, Brokerage
Previously sold for: $860,000 in 2015
 
 

The property

An attempted flip that shows the difference a little marketing and strategic price adjustment can make.

Here’s the entrance:

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The living room, at the front of the house:

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The dining room is continuous with the living room:

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The dining room has a door to a narrow patio:

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The kitchen isn’t huge, but, like the rest of the interior, it’s freshly renovated:

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There are three bedrooms on the second floor of the house. This one has a door to a balcony:

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Here’s the balcony:

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Another second-floor bedroom:

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And here’s the last second-floor bedroom. This one has a door to a private den:

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The den could probably be converted into an ensuite bathroom (or a massive walk-in closet):

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All three second-floor bedrooms share this hallway bathroom:

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The master bedroom has the third floor to itself:

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The master ensuite makes creative use of skylights:

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There’s a basement rec room:

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And a large backyard:

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The history

When the sellers bought the house in early 2015, it was in need of a lot of work. They spent the next year renovating, hoping the property would be easy to flip when they listed it in the spring of 2016.

The sale

The sellers listed in the spring, as planned. With an asking price of $1.8 million, the house sat on the market for weeks. They dropped the price three times before signing with a new agent, who listed the property for a lower price and staged the interior. It sold in seven days.

The fate

The buyers loved the neighbourhood’s schools. Because the house has been fully renovated, they won’t need to do much other than move in.

By the numbers

• $1,479,000
• $5,703.00 in taxes (2016)
• 2,109 square feet above grade
• 743-square-foot lower level
• 7 days on MLS
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/houses/toronto-house-sold-26-algonquin-avenue/

“Developers always wins because the system is bullshit”: Rosedale residents on the area’s controversial new condo

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Published on: November 29, 2016

Forget Trump and road tolls. At Rosedalian dinner parties, there’s one controversial topic that looms heaviest of all: a luxury four-storey, 26-unit condominium that would wipe out three detached homes on Dale Avenue. The trouble? The project—by Dale Inc. and Dale II Inc., subsidiaries of Hunter Milborne Real Estate—is in the South Rosedale Heritage Conservation District. City staff are currently reviewing whether the development would break any of the district’s rules, but some neighbours are outraged at the very thought of putting up such a complex. Last week, the city invited stakeholders to the Church of St. Peter and St. Simon (who would curse in a church, right?) to unveil nitty-gritty details about the would-be building and consult the public. We dropped in and asked the project’s most vocal champions and critics to make their cases.

PeterCarroll

Peter Carroll

52, consultant • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
We just spent three years renovating our house; it was a very difficult, complicated project. The city had a lot of requirements and laws that we had to adhere to. Suddenly, a developer wants to build something that’s worth a lot of money, and the rules go out the window?

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
No, because it’s a heritage conservation district. This started 15-odd years ago, when Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz built their monster house. They bulldozed a couple of beautiful Rosedale homes, built a massive compound and then built one big house on it, sort of like the Bridle Path. Now we have something that’s even worse. You start bulldozing your house, my house—what’s left?

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
The developer always wins because the whole system is bullshit. It’ll go to the OMB, it’ll get rubber-stamped and we, the people who live here, lose.

 

StephenMoranis

Stephen Moranis

66, real estate consultant • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
I support it because I think it’s a thoughtful development. I think it gives people who want to stay in the neighbourhood an opportunity to scale down from a bigger home into a condominium. The density’s not huge, it’s a small building, it has large units, it’s going to have parking and it’s going to have lots of landscaping and privacy. I can’t see why people—other than those not wanting anything to happen—would be so opposed to this.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
Common sense should win the fight. To put things into perspective: we’re allowing 85 storeys at Yonge and Bloor, 95 over Holt Renfrew, and 16 buildings over 55 storeys in the Yorkville area. So to oppose something like this, you sort of have to scratch your head. Come on, it’s absolutely ridiculous.

 

 

MarciaCunningham2

Marcia Cunningham

63, educational consultant • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
I oppose it, vehemently, for a couple reasons. One is density. There are already several apartment buildings on Dale Avenue. The infrastructure is okay for the number of people we currently have, but it’s not a good idea to start adding density in the neighbourhood. They’ve allowed for 57 cars, too, so we’ll have a lot of cars. There are already traffic jams along Dale and along Castle Frank. When they’re not jammed up, they’re speeding, so kids can’t play. Another thing I really object to is that there’s no incentive for the developers to actually care about the neighbourhood. They don’t live there, they come in, they make their money and they leave.

Does it make sense to oppose new housing five minutes from a subway station?
There’s not enough room on the subway lines: if you’re taking the Castle Frank subway anywhere near rush hour, you may as well be in Japan—you’re squished like a bug. Adding another 50 or 60 people to that doesn’t help.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
Oh god, I wish it wasn’t always characterized as a fight. I feel there are factors in the developer’s favour. They have a lot of money and clout.

 

BiancaPollak2

Bianca Pollak

50s, architect • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
It’s a great opportunity for people who live in Rosedale who don’t want to keep their houses but still live in the neighbourhood. They can have a beautiful apartment, which will replace their homes. There aren’t so many opportunities like this. I also believe the project will lift the value of the whole area—the design is great.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
Well, I believe we need a balance. We have to hear everybody and then we have to make a decision and balance all opinions.

 

 

RubsunHo

Rubsun Ho

46, start-up CEO • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
I’m opposed to it because it’s a bit of a slippery slope. As far as I know, there’s a bylaw in place preventing these types of buildings from being built and against the demolition of single-family homes. I’m not opposed to densification, but what they’re doing here changes the character of the neighbourhood and it sets the precedent for a number of other homes to be torn down.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
It’s not that I’m opposed to new housing. If you go across the ravine, there’s a number of 40- or 50-storey buildings being built next to the same subway station. It’s more that we have certain neighbourhoods in Toronto that need to be preserved: the history, the character, the neighbourhood, the liveability. If we start allowing all these single-family homes to be demolished, then we’re going to end up in an urban jungle. We’re going to lose the character of the neighbourhood that makes it special, the reason a number of us moved here and bought homes here.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
If I were a betting man, I’d say the odds are highly in favour of the developer, and that’s what bothers me. We pay taxes and we elect our city councillors to represent our interests, and all it takes is a developer to submit plans. As far as I can tell, 90 times out of 100, it goes before an unelected body and the plans move forward. It just seems to me it’s the tail wagging the dog. Rules and bylaws are in place, but if there’s money to be made…

 

HunterMilborne

Hunter Milborne

66, CEO of Development company behind proposed condo • Lives in Yorkville

What do you think of the development?
We’ve got hundreds of thousands of people moving to Toronto every few years. I think this is an appropriate project for this location. But part of the beautiful process of democracy is that people get to come and voice their opinions. There’s the not-in-my-backyard concept, and there will be construction for a year or two, so it can be uncomfortable for some people, you know.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I think the development will happen, but I don’t think it’s “win” or “lose.” It’s a process. Everybody has the right to their opinions and to have input.

 

KathyLee

Kathy Lee

50s, CEO • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
We completely object to this development. I lead the community effort called My Rosedale Neighbourhood. We have almost 300 people in the immediate area who oppose the development for different issues: it’s too big; it is precedent-setting for south Rosedale; the proposed architecture does not conform to heritage rules; it’s going to add too much traffic.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
That is a very good point, because there is an argument that intensification is a good thing. But this is not in the spirit of intensification. These are units that are going to sell for more than $2.5 million. These are not people who are going to take the subway—they are going to get in their cars and drive.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
Absolutely the community, because we live here day to day. A developer cannot come in and pretend that he knows the neighbourhood better than the hundreds of us that have lived here for decades.

 

JasonJaque

Jason Jaque

30, marketer • Lives near Yonge and Bloor

What do you think of the development?
I support it because I think that it’s beautiful. It’s standout architecture. It looks like it’s going to be cultural luxury building, so it’s not going to be adding a lot of supply to allow more people to move into the neighbourhood. I think it’s probably something that will be a bit of a hidden gem in the city. For people who follow architecture and who are watching the market evolve, they’re going to know it and love it and it’s going to be something that will be internationally significant.

Does it make sense for people to oppose new housing five minutes from a subway station?
I think it makes sense on a micro scale—if you’re the next door neighbour, you don’t want the construction. But if you’re going to look at the greater good for the long run of residents in the city of Toronto, it makes sense that we’re building more densely.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I think they’re approaching this carefully, talking to all the right people, doing all the right studies and being very open about the process. There’s a group of people who oppose it, but I think they’re concerns don’t reflect the overall goals of this city, and in terms of what this neighbourhood should actually be.

 

JuliaOuellette

Julia Ouellette

59, philanthropist • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
I object to it on a number of bases—number one because it contravenes existing bylaws that were put in place to protect the integrity of the neighbourhood. Anyone who’s wanted to do a small renovation on their home has been subject to working within those bylaws. A developer comes in and none of the rules seem to matter.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
I don’t oppose new housing if it is in keeping with the bylaws and the feeling of the neighbourhood: single-family dwellings. There are very good models out there for new housing that would be appropriate to the neighbourhood.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I think the developer is going to win. I think the system is stacked against the individuals who have invested time, money and love to create a neighbourhood—a neighbourhood so attractive to developers that they want to come in and destroy it.

 

KatheryneParzei

Katheryne Parzei

27, architect • Lives downtown

What do you think of the development?
I definitely support it. The design caters to the heritage environment and the scale of the building definitely adds some character to the neighbourhood.

Does it make sense for people to oppose new housing five minutes from a subway station?
I think that the city is getting bigger and bigger and, especially in such a beautiful neighbourhood, it’s important to allow more people to live in it.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I really hope that we do.

 

HowardBortenstein

Howard Bortenstein

63, management consultant • Lives in Cabbagetown

What do you think of the development?
I oppose it. In Cabbagetown, we’ve been through this: we saw the impact of developers, and then the Ratepayers’ Association was created in the ’70s to stop that development. Now it’s a beautiful environment. I think of this as the start of a slippery slope.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
There is new housing five minutes from a lot of subway stations. I’m not sure why this particular neighbourhood needs to have that increased density.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I sense there’s going to be a middle ground, a consensus. I don’t think they’re will be a winner. The developer will have to give, but residents will also have to look at their best alternatives.

 

LewisRedford2

Lewis Reford

55, renewable energy developer • Lives in Rosedale

What do you think of the development?
Speaking both personally and on behalf of the North Rosedale Residents Association, of which I am currently president, there’s a lot of opposition primarily because our community has a special characteristic. In the context of all North American cities, it has magically held onto its single-family residential status, filed with families, elderly people, dogs, wildlife and ravines. Rosedale feels it has to be strong in its opposition to the first of what could be many of these types of buildings.

Doesn’t it make sense for people to support new housing five minutes from a subway station?
No. On the contrary, I was walking across the pedestrian bridge with a visitor from New York City. His eyes opened with that magical revelation that this is something special. The juxtaposition of a green residential neighbourhood, with children playing and riding their bicycles, right next to St. James Town and the busiest shopping street in the city—that is in fact a wonderful thing to celebrate, not something that should be frowned upon as a sign of inequity.

Who do you think is going to win the fight?
I think that a lot of developments have ultimately prevailed with the help of incredibly strong lawyering and backroom deals. But I think all the way back to Jane Jacobs and the Spadina Expressway resistance: with the strong pushback of a community in a really passionate and logical way, this development can be stopped.

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/rosedale-condo-development-streeters/

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