A community group in east Toronto is up in arms over a developer’s plan to build a cluster of highrise condos next to a community of single-family homes.

The property, a long-vacant, 20-hectare parcel at Victoria Park Ave. and Gerrard St., known as the Quarry Lands, is where Sheldon (Shelly) Libfeld’s Conservatory Group wants to construct four buildings – three of them featuring two towers each, of roughly 25 storeys. Local residents say his towers aren’t compatible with the neighbourhood of single-family homes just to the south.

“We understand the need for urban intensification and understand this is a huge parcel of land in the heart of the city. Something special (could be) done with this land, but this proposal is not special, not visionary,” says Mark Brender, president of Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development.

Read the full article, “Quarry site condo plan too dense, residents say” in the Toronto Star (April 10, 2010).

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