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Oakville New Condo News: Allan St condo gets chilly reception

September 28, 2009

New 44-suite luxury condo proposed for corner of Allan and Randal Streets by Rosehaven Homes

New 44-suite luxury condo proposed for corner of Allan and Randal Streets by Rosehaven Homes

(Source: David Lea / Oakville Beaver)

A plan to build an 11-storey condominium at the southwest corner of Allan and Randall Streets received a cold reception from area residents during an open house at Oakville’s Town Hall last Thursday.

Around a dozen residents turned out to look over the plans for the proposed condo building. Several voiced concerns about the harm they believe the development will do to their neighbourhood, if it is given the go ahead by council.

“This is going to have a big impact if this goes forward on the sunlight and the amount of traffic on these narrow streets. There is no room to widen them.”

Susan Harrigan said she was worried about a nearby senior’s centre noting that the proposed building would constantly place the seniors’ garden in shade as well as block their view.

“It’s just totally inappropriate,” she said.

The feedback was little better for a six-storey condo building the same developer (Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited) is proposing to build at the southwest corner of Reynolds and Randall Streets.

Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited are proposing to house 44 luxury condo suites within the 11-storey building, which will feature an underground parking lot complete with a parking space and a half for every condominium unit.

Visitor parking for the condo building would also be set up underground.

Planning Consultant Warren Sorensen, of Sorensen Gravely Lowes Planning Associates Inc., said the area should not see any meaningful increase in traffic as a result of the development.

“This building may appeal a lot to people who already live in Oakville, maybe even this general vicinity of Oakville, and are looking to downsize,” he said.

Planning Consultant Carol-Anne Munroe, of Sorensen Gravely Lowes Planning Associates Inc., also pointed out that the downtown Oakville area is well served by Oakville Transit with Route 14 and Route 17 and the new Route 2 located close by.

“These sites are in the vicinity of buildings that range from seven, eight to 12-storeys in height and so we think it is an appropriate fit to add some attractive and modern buildings into this part of the downtown Oakville area,” he said.

“There has been some recent construction, but more on the other side of the creek and we think that it is time to add some new buildings to these sites that we feel are ripe for redevelopment, without changing the area’s general character.”

The development is hoped to go before Oakville Town Council by the end of this year.

Read David Lea’s full article “Eleven storeys too much for neighbours” from last Thursday’s Oakville Beaver.

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