The developers of the Greenland Farms site held a consultation this week at Weston CI, and their representatives answered some of the community’s questions.
The development was repeatedly framed as “regentrification” and an opportunity to have more owners move to the neighbourhood. Adam Brown, the solicitor for the applicant, also suggested that the prices would be in $500–$800 per square foot range, much less than downtown.
I got little sense, however, that the developers had any interest in community development, except insofar as it was required by law. Brown said the building would conform to the city’s green standards because it has to, and that the developers would contribute to development funding, because it is the law. It was, to my mind, a contrast to the 22 John development, which promised public benefits above those required by the city.
The audience applauded when Mike Sullivan, our former MP and a contributor to WestonWeb, asked why the site was so ugly. The audience was generally skeptical and critical of the projects size (two towers), height (29 storeys), and proximity to the property lines.
The developers’ representatives did answer questions posed by the audience, some of which Roy asked in an earlier post.
Why is this development not in keeping with the scale of the area.
Brown said that development required a “critical mass”. “You will not see regentrification or redevelopment of the area at 8 storeys”, he said—the height called for by the local planning guidelines. “There is an economic reality to it.”
If this project is approved, where will the considerable Section 37 monies be spent?
Brown said that there hasn’t yet been any discussion of section 37 benefits, because the development is at too early a stage.
Why are there so few parking spaces allocated?
“We are not anticipating a high demand for parking…. I know the city would like us to provide more parking on site”, he said. He suggested that most residents would be commuters to downtown and not want cars to get around the suburbs—a questionable assumption, I think.
He acknowledged, too, that if a grocery store were to be a tenant, that “they will ask for more parking”.
Where are the shadow studies for the winter months?
City rules do not require shadow studies for the winter. The city planner said “we have some concerns”.