The OMB Hearing for 410-446 Bathurst Street (aka 420 Bathurst Street, including the former Kromer Radio site) has been announced.
Background: The proposed RioCan development involved demolishing the existing three buildings to construct a new three-storey commercial building with a three-level below grade parking garage. The application included 8 variances to the zoning by-laws. Initially, the city refused the variances on the grounds that they were not well aligned with the Official Plan. The developers then decided to bring the application to the OMB.
Decision: The OMB has denied all of the proposed variances on grounds that they failed at least 2 of the 4 tests in the Planning Act. As a result the site plan appeal has also been dismissed.
This decision is seen as a victory for both the city and the community as the proposed development raised a number of serious concerns regarding impacts on:
- the character of the neighborhood, green spaces and natural heritage features.
- lower height neighbourhoods near the development, which would have suffered due to lack of adequate proposed height setbacks.
- the economic health of nearby shopping districts (e.g. Kensington Market) that would have been adversely affected by the planned large scale retail store.
Thank you to those that worked on this and made their opinions known. Congratulations to all!!