Residents pleased with changed building bylaw

A Town Crier Community Column

ARECA, together with the Stanley Knowles Cooperative withdrew their appeal of the Neon Condo development at Orchard View Boulevard and Duplex Avenue after changes were made to the bylaw relating to the development.

“Based on those changes, it was no longer necessary for Stanley Knowles or ARECA to continue our appeal,” said ARECA spokesperson Patrick Smyth. “We believe we achieved a meaningful outcome that is beneficial to the residents of the Stanley Knowles Cooperative, the residents of Yonge/Eglinton and the wider community. Developers have to know that they will be challenged by residents’ associations when their proposed developments are excessive.”

Traffic dangers
ARECA is requesting that the city conduct a traffic study of the area around Duplex Avenue, Orchard View Boulevard, Helendale Avenue and Montgomery Avenue as the closing of Orchard View Boulevard at Yonge Street has displaced traffic to the neighbourhood streets to the north.

Residents are concerned that there is no four way stop at Helendale and Duplex avenues. Drivers are now using Helendale as the alternative to Orchard View off Yonge Street. Duplex and Helendale resident Matthew Kou is very concerned since the traffic on Duplex does not stop for vehicles crossing and turning off Helendale and some near accidents have occurred at the intersection.

ARECA believes that all closing off the intersection has done is move the problem one street north. ARECA has learned that no traffic study was done prior to Orchard View being closed and in fact the last traffic numbers were collected in 2006.

ARECA is a volunteer community association representing the views of residents in matters that affect our community in North Toronto. ARECA represents the area bounded by Eglinton Avenue West, Yonge Street, Roselawn Avenue, Avenue Road, St Clements Avenue and Chaplin Road. If you live in the ARECA area please join your community association. To join send a cheque for $20 ($10 seniors) for your 2011 membership, along with your name, address and phone number and email address to Avenue Road Eglinton Community Association, c/o Membership Secretary 23 Elwood Boulevard, Toronto M4R 1B8. Note if you wish to receive fax or email updates from ARECA please include these with your membership details or email us at [email][/email].

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Posted: Aug 30 2011 5:53 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto