Old Orchard Grove residents’ group revived
Development concerns spur members to action
A once-dormant ratepayers group is reinventing itself over concerns about the possible intensification of the south side of Wilson Avenue.
France Rochette, one of six people launching the Old Orchard Grove Residents Association seven years after the Old Orchard Grove Ratepayers Association ceased activity, says the new group is spurred by construction of a 17-storey condominium tower at 228 Wilson Ave., which is setting a precedent that will have unknown effects.
“That’s a call to action for us,” Rochette said. “What we’re concerned about is city hall working against us.”
Of particular concern to OOGRA is the 2013 rezoning of Wilson Avenue that allows for more development along the busy corridor between Avenue Road and Bathurst Street.
Increased development around Wilson subway station in recent years, and the potential of more to come between there and Yonge Street, also make traffic a foremost concern, she said, noting that travel on Wilson at rush hour “is starting to get pretty ugly.”
The group plans to name its executive members at its first general meeting at Armour Heights Community Centre, 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 26.
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