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Collegiate Heights area residents launch more appeals against highrise

Lynden and Loretta aren't backing down
22 MacDonald Jan 20 7
Revised eight-story design for highrise at 22 MacDonald Ave., as approved by City Council last month

Developers of the proposed MacDonald Avenue highrise have been slapped with more legal hurdles by neighbours unimpressed with design compromises made last month.

City councillors will be advised Monday that Collegiate Heights area resident Lynden Pond filed a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) appeal on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Another neighbour, Mary Loretta Harrison, launched a similar appeal the following day.

"The legal department will send a package of material to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal," says Melanie Borowicz-Sibnenik, assistant city solicitor.

"In due course the LPAT will set a hearing date for the appeal if LPAT decides that the issues raised in the appeals warrant a hearing," Borowicz-Sibnenik added.

The same two neighbours filed appeals last spring when developers Joe and Dave Ruscio and John Martella proposed a skyline-changing 12-storey apartment tower at the corner of MacDonald and Gladstone.

That prompted the developers to whittle down the design to a maximum eight storeys containing no more than 65 residential units.

City Council approved the scaled-back concept last month.

The proposed building would rise from former Sault Collegiate Institute (SCI) playing fields.

SCI across the street was demolished in 2001 to make room for Chartwell Collegiate Heights Retirement Residence and the most recent use of the playing fields has been as a city-owned snow dump.

Monthly rents in the new building are expected to vary between $1,400 and $1,900, including utilities.

That compares to current median rents in the Sault ranging from $600 for a bachelor apartment to $895 for three bedrooms.

Monday's City Council meeting will be livestreamed on SooToday starting at 4:30 p.m.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been edited to make it clear that Mary Loretta Harrison and Lynden Pond are residents of the Collegiate Heights area.


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