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Plans for Downsview housing mulled

Downsview Park is mulling over proposals from developers to build housing to pay for the park itself.

Downsview Park is mulling over proposals from developers to build housing to pay for the park itself.

The federal Crown corporation has received submissions for about 650 units of housing on an 11-acre site in the Stanley Greene neighbourhood on the south side of the former military base.

When the base closing was announced in 1994, Ottawa said it wanted to see a self-financing national urban park developed on the site.

To do that, the plan is to sell or lease 223 acres for development around the perimeter of the base to bring in enough money to build a 349-acre park.

Residents say the plan calls for more development than the area can easily absorb and the North York Community Council has put off dealing with the file.

A frustrated park board has applied to take the latest plan, put together by city planning staff, to the Ontario Municipal Board, bypassing the community council, said park chair David Soknacki.

Soknacki said the park had reached an agreement with residents on development of the Stanley Greene neighbourhood but wasn’t able to present it at the June community council.

 
 
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