Development at 225 Birmingham St. on Employment Lands; community meeting set for Sept. 28, 2016

A Mimico resident has sent me the following message, which I am pleased to share with you:

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A public meeting is being held Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Assembly Hall located at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Hello,

I thought I would share information about a large townhouse development that is proposed for 225 Birmingham St in South Etobicoke that you may be interested in reporting on. This infill townhouse development proposed by Menkes on the site of a former plastic factory and on designated Employment Lands. The site of the development is proposed on the former Pliant Plastics Corporation factory, later bought by Berry Plastics.

This is the first recent residential proposal on Employment Lands along Birmingham Street. Birmingham is the first street north of Lake Shore Blvd W and stretches over 2.5km E-W. The proposal also includes a new public street. Considering the wall of high rise development that has happened further east along Lake Shore Blvd W in the community of Mimico and the development that is occurring to the west in the community of Long Branch, this proposed development in New Toronto, a community squashed between communities undergoing major high intensity development, could drastically change the character of this low-density, working class, and final frontier of affordable waterfront living in Toronto.

This proposed development is adjacent to lower income co-operative housing and there is tenants or residents association for this area, so there is noone advocating for healthy and fair development.

Some City documents on this proposal:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.PG13.3

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-93897.pdf

Supporting documentation, including the application for the proposal can be found by entering “225 Birmingham St”:

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/mapSearchSetup.do?action=init

A public meeting is being held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30pm at the Assembly Hall located at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke, ON, M8V 4B6.

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