Priests and parishioners at historic St. Basil’s Church, part of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, are making an eleventh-hour bid today for Toronto City Council to defer an application for two massive condominium towers that will dwarf the church.
They say the plan for 55- and 45-storey towers to be built north of the church at St. Joseph and Bay streets will eliminate an existing 150-space private parking lot used by churchgoers and others attending programs at the 151-year-old Roman Catholic place of worship, which has 4,300 parishioners.
"We’re not against the development of the property," associate pastor Mark Gazin said yesterday.
"We just believe something better can be presented not only for the parish but for the university and the neighbourhood. We have not been part of that conversation. That’s why we’re pushing for some dialogue on this."