I'm astonished that MPAC could/would give that kind of "pre-project" property valuation opinion.
Just to clarify, Juanita posted that for a resident, she didn't write it herself. The person who wrote it lives on Roger, and submitted it to Juanita to publish.
I was pretty surprised that MPAC would give any kind of information to a query like that. I think that Viewfromthe42's point is a good one: homeowners on paper have made huge gains on their properties recently, so it's hard to understand why their equity should be protected from possible impact by sound intensification.
The conceptual drawings at the open house this afternoon looked pretty good. I was pretty impressed with the zoning changes they are requesting:
-Up to around 300 units
-10 meter height to a setback of 55 meters from Roger Street, and 20 meters beyond that- so Roger Street residents won't have any chance of being adjacent to a building of any height
-1.05 parking spaces per unit
-Up to 930 square meters of commercial
That last bit is exciting. No commercial is shown in the conceptual render, but leaving it open as a possibility for a buyer is great.
When I lived on Roger St, I distinctly remember an apartment tower in my backyard.
Sounds like the type of neighbourhood is one with a mix of density.
Can the commercial space include office/studio, or would it strictly be retail/service? This is currently an employment property that is being taken offline at a time when there is pressure to create neighbourhoods that include live/work/play. It would be interesting if something like this could include a variety of commercial/light industrial uses as options for the space. I'm not sure what that would be, but principally something that produced a tangible product rather simply selling something that was made elsewhere.