05/16/2012 08:26 EDT | Updated 07/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Beaches condo development approved

After hours of debate, Toronto city councillors have a approved a new condo development in the Beaches.

Many local residents told the Toronto and East York Community Council the proposed six-storey condo doesn't fit with the small town feel of the Beaches. They worried that the building will lead to higher density in a neighbourhood where no structure is currently higher than five-storeys.

But city staff supported the plan and so did Coun. Mary-Margaret McMahon.

"It's hard for us to give up that special character and welcome new buildings," said McMahon. "It seemed more downtown than the Beach."

The councillor went on to say that development is coming to the neighbourhood, "whether we like it or not. One hundred and forty-five condo buildings are going up across the city right now, 100,000 people are arriving in Toronto each year and we've all got to live somewhere."

City staff says only one similar proposal has been filed in the area.

McMahon says if councillors hadn't approved the application the developer could have appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board where, she says, the developer would have been granted permission for a much higher building.