Proposed Davisville condo plan could put pressure on local schools

Residents have questions about continued development without infrastructure to support it

A new development is being proposed next to the Davisville subway station that would add to the continuing densification of the area.

Developer Davpart is proposing to build two 45-storey towers with a 10-storey podium connecting them both at 1910 Yonge St., at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Chaplin Crescent.

The two towers would contain 880 condo units and 102 rental units, whereas the podium would host 13,315 square metres of office space and 1,692 square metres of retail space. Residential units would be a mix of 60 studios, 520 one-bedrooms, 305 two-bedrooms, and 97 three-bedroom units.

Local councillor Josh Matlow’s chief of staff, Andrew Athanasiu, said that the application has come as a surprise.

He added that it seems like it was rushed in order to get ahead of the city’s new inclusionary zoning policy that would require developments to include affordable housing, which this does not.

“We heard nothing about it, and then it sort of came out of the blue,” he said.

Athanasiu said the application is a “bit of an overdevelopment” and that the area doesn’t have the services in place to accommodate the extra people.

The new Davisville Public School recently opened in the area but he said it is already close to being full, leaving a concern over where additional children would go to school, as well as daycare.

There already is a two-tower 30- and 45-storey development in progress across the street at 1951 Yonge St., which Athanasiu said has set a precedent that this application is now picking up on.

“There’s very little within our toolbox, given the provincial regulations, that we can do about it,” he said.

Resident group Oriole Park Association’s board member Lynne Frank said residents are concerned about the lack of schools but also a lack of green space in the area.

“It’s pretty cramped,” she said. “I didn’t see any room for grass or trees or for people to walk their dogs.”

Frank has watched as the area has been changing from quaint mid-rises and locally owned stores to being filled with huge developments that will likely host big box stores.

Frank would prefer to see the area be more pedestrian-friendly where people would like to linger.

“The nature of the area has changed,” she said. “It seems to be overbuilt.”

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