The Satin Finish Company owners are hoping to build 99 three-storey townhouses on the site. They were rebuffed in their initial—and, honestly, quite reasonable—request to change the zoning to allow residential development. They’re now taking their case to the Ontario Municipal Board.
The Satin Finish subdivision as proposed has problems:
- It doesn’t have enough shared green space
- It has only one playground
- It’s poorly connected to the rest of the neighbourhood, with only one street entrance
- There is little effort to preserve the beautiful buildings
That said, it’s hard to argue that these should remain employment lands; homes have already popped up all around them, and a new factory in their midst would be disruptive.