‘Alaska’ has not melted away. The 10-storey glass condo at Strathgowan and Yonge still threatens to radically alter the Uptown Yonge neighbourhood.
Since the initial application in February 2013, the applicant has made two sets of revisions; however, these changes fail to substantively address many of our concerns about the potential negative impacts on the adjacent neighbourhood.
For details of the most recent proposal, refer to City Planning’s webpage.
For a summary of UYNA’s concerns about the most recent version of the application, refer to our March 20 2015 blog post.
Thanks to UYNA’s advocacy and the support of our community, at its June 10 meeting, Toronto City Council voted against the current version of ‘Alaska’ and assigned a City lawyer to defend this position at the Ontario Municipal Board hearing, scheduled for January 11 2016.
UYNA, along with the other groups granted OMB party status, may participate in OMB-sponsored mediation in order to find a solution that satisfies everybody. We are hopeful that, through genuine dialogue, the parties involved will produce a version of ‘Alaska’ that is both architecturally interesting and compatible with the Uptown Yonge neighbourhood.
We have come this far thanks to the support and feedback of neighbours like you. As always, please feel free to contact us with your questions or comments.