London city council: Tricar alters plans for York Street tower

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There’s a new plan in the works to calm concerns from downtown residents opposed to Tricar’s proposed 24-storey residential tower on York Street.

Politicians praised the mega-builder for listening to citizens, who were concerned about issues around noise and loss of green space near Ivey Park.

More than a dozen future neighbours at 19 King St. came to a marathon planning committee meeting last week, waiting until past midnight to voice their objections to one of the tower’s designs.

Tricar has two separate but similar plans for the site, both including 245 apartment units, with one including 330 Thames St. bordering Ivey Park.

But after the meeting, the developer sat down with staff and local residents to iron out issues, including moving a rooftop patio to the other side of the building to deal with noise concerns

Coun. Tanya Park, whose ward includes the downtown, said Tricar is committed “to creating a more livable downtown, not only for their residents, but for neighbours as well.”

Council voted 12 to 1 to approve the developer’s two designs, including a zoning amendment allowing more units than normal.

City planner John Fleming said the design that includes a part of 330 Thames St. would front on the Thames River, a goal of council.

The other design would see the tower face York Street.

“(That) would not exercise or implement what council’s been talking about, through its discussions on Back to the River and other conversations, where development is actually oriented to the river,” Fleming said.

Residents who had expressed concerns to Coun. Josh Morgan withdrew those complaints before the council meeting, he said.

“That’s an example of how a public participation meeting . . . allows the public to air those concerns, and allows the applicant to address them,” he said.

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