North York residents' group fights 'massive intensification' at Finch and Weston
A North York residents’ group is voicing concerns about a proposed 36-storey rental tower at the southwest quadrant of Weston Road and Finch Avenue along with five other highrise apartment buildings being proposed by the same developer on the southeast corner of the intersection.
“It’s massive density that’s being proposed,” Humber Summit Residents’ Association president Grant Evers said. “(It’s) massive intensification without the infrastructure to support it.”
There are currently five apartment buildings and two others under construction near Weston and Finch.
If the six proposed towers are approved, Evers said 13 buildings from 10 to 55 storeys will be “dominating the intersection.”
Luka Kot, planning and development manager at Medallion Developments, said the development will revitalize both southern corners of Weston and Finch and “alleviate the much needed housing demand in an otherwise overlooked” part of the city.
“The new community will provide for new retail opportunities that are otherwise unavailable at this time,” Kot said in an email. “Potential for urban format grocery stores, cafés, medical centres and other retail would not be viable without critical mass and more specifically foot traffic which we hope we will generate.”
Evers estimates the development will increase the neighbourhood’s population by 11,000.
“Traffic congestion will be a problem,” he said, adding the future Finch-West LRT stop at Weston will be “unable to deal with the massive numbers.” The plans, he argues, are more suited to an intersection where there’s a major subway station.