Protect South Parkdale from Lifetime Development's Luxury Condos
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Lifetime Developments has proposed to develop a 14-storey and 17-storey luxury condo development at the intersection of King and Dufferin. The developer plans to build 703 luxury residential condominium units and 10 commercial units. Not a single unit will be affordable. We as a community have voiced significant concerns about the negative impact that the development will have on the affordability, diversity, equity, and inclusivity of South Parkdale. These concerns include:
The Development Proposal:
- Lack of affordable housing;
- Lack of space for community organizations or affordable commercial units;
- Excessive height (40+ meters more than allowed by current zoning); and
- Excessive density without adequate public infrastructure, including public transit such as the King Streetcar.
The City Planning Review Process:
- Quality of impact assessments on local services, such as transit and water, and wind conditions; and
- Lack of accountability to community concerns in the planning process.
At public meetings, we as a community have made it loud and clear that we do not support this development. At Toronto and East York Community Council, many of the Councillors confided that they did not want the development to go ahead, but feared an even worse result for communities if the decision was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Despite local opposition, Toronto and East York Community Council has accepted City Planning’s recommendation to approve the rezoning application for 1182-1221 King St W. This is an indication that the system through which communities like Parkdale are represented at Council is broken beyond repair.
Councillor Gord Perks has negotiated a Section 37 community benefit agreement for $2.1 million, of which $1.9 million is allocated for affordable rental housing. Although the agreement acknowledges the need for affordable housing, this community benefit is not adequate when considering the profits that will be generated from a development of this height and density. It represents only a fraction of the affordable housing units (between 10-15% or 70-105 units) that will be required when Inclusionary Zoning is legislated in Toronto.
This proposal comes in the middle of a housing crisis. In Parkdale, tenants and local businesses are being priced out. Neighbourhood inequality is growing. We as a community are outraged by this proposal, and feel that the consultation process has failed us.
We call upon the City of Toronto to consider the following requests:
- We ask City Council to deny the 1182-1221 King St. W. Rezoning Application.
- We ask City Planning to undertake a review of the planning report, specifically in regards to wind conditions, infrastructure capacity, and transit capacity of the Dufferin and King Street intersection.
- We ask that City Planning undertake an Equity Impact Study to identify the impact of this development on displacement pressures in South Parkdale, a designated Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIA) needing special attention.
- We ask that Councillor Gord Perks ensure that any new developments that necessitate rezoning to accommodate increased density include at least 15% affordable housing, with at least a third of those units affordable at shelter allowance rates.
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