City opts to fight proposed condo across from Gladstone Hotel

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Toronto and East York Community Council has voted to fight plans to build a 26-storey condominium across from the Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street West.

The community council voted April 8 to turn down the application for the development that would include 239 residential units, as well as retail and community uses on the first two levels. It would also include four-level underground parking at the 1181 Queen Street West address.

City planners recommended against approval of the development, which would require a zoning bylaw amendment due to its height. The staff report said the development would be out of character with the surrounding area.

Because the developer, Baywood Homes, has already taken the matter to the Ontario Municipal Board, the refusal turned into instruction to staff, to represent the refusal there.

[Davenport] Councillor Councillor Ana Balaio said the city had tried to negotiate.

“We don’t see this as a highrise site,” said Bailao. “There is a very different way of looking at this site from my view. We’re looking more at a midrise site across from the Gladstone that fits in with the Gladstone. It is quite a difference of opinion.”

That stretch of Queen Street West will be undergoing a planning study, at the behest of Bailao, Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks and Trinity-Spadina Councillor Mike Layton.

Story Originally Published in the Parkdale Villager
By: David Nickle

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