New development on Soudan block between Brownlow and Mt. Pleasant Rd.

We have an 18 Brownlow lookalike proposed development (700 Mt. Pleasant) with an application submitted on Nov. 3, 2017 by the Briton House (corner of Mt. Pleasant and Soudan) for a massive expansion of their retirement home with yet another 25-storey tower, including a massive 7-storey podium. The issues are familiar: too tall, too dense, lack of setback from the streets, lack of transition to surrounding buildings, zero transition to the neighbourhood on the south side of Soudan and no parkland dedication.

At least the new city planning blueprint calls for a max 14-storey development (including a 3-4-storey podium), and our neighbourhood is now well organized to oppose massive projects like this new proposal.

Development in the Soudan neighbourhood – now shifting to east of Redpath.

Development applications for the Soudan apartment neighbourhood west of Redpath are more or less complete with a recent application for a 36-storey building at 2161 Yonge (the former TD Insurance building at Soudan/Yonge corner). However, construction will be ongoing for many years.

Development seems now to be shifting to the area east of Redpath with the early applications of 167-173 Eglinton East (34 storeys under construction at Redpath and Eglinton), the 18 Brownlow application and now the 700 Mt. Pleasant application.

However, the new city planning blueprint has recognized the existence of the Eglinton Public School and specified heights for new developments close to the Mt. Pleasant LRT station – more in keeping with the 83 Redpath height (approx. 20 storeys). There are also improved setbacks for towers from the school property of 12.5 m. If this setback requirement had been in place when the tower adjacent to the John Fisher School was planned, it would never have been approved.

By Andy Gort,

SERRA President

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