More than 1,000 people gathered to ramp up pressure against the city yesterday in a rally against a condo development they say will change the face of their neighbourhood.

The protest was organized by the Concerned Citizens of Quarry Lands Development — a 300-member group lobbying against plans to develop a 20-hectare parcel of wetland known as the Quarry Lands.

“We were hoping to send a message to the city’s leadership,” said Mark Brender, the group’s president. “This is critically important for all neighbourhoods.”

The quarry, which is owned by Sheldon Libfeld’s Conservatory Group, is slated to be the site of a four-building highrise complex containing 1,455 units. Those buildings will include seven towers, each as high as 27 storeys. The area is bordered by Victoria Park Avenue to the west and Gerrard Street East to the south.

According to Brender, this development would result in a density seven times greater than that of the surrounding community — an area of single-family homes filled with young families and older couples who have lived there for decades.

“It’s a community that recognizes what it means to have this property, that 50 years from now this property will not look like it does today,” Brender said. “There’s going to be development and that’s not necessarily such a bad thing. What would be a terrible thing is if the development that’s on the table happens.”

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