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Downtown councillor fights for green space

10/19/2012 07:26 EDT | Updated 12/19/2012 05:12 EST
Kristyn Wong-Tam, the city councillor who represents Yonge Street south of Bloor, is fighting to save a piece of green space slated for condo development.

The province is in negotiations with a developer to sell a parcel of land at 11 Wellesley St. W.

But Wong-Tam has approval to use city money to try to negotiate to keep about half a hectare of the land for green space.

"This is the very last opportunity to build a park of this significant size, in a very dense urban environment," she said.

She had hoped the province would sell the land back to the city but Ontario is now reviewing bids from developers.

Wong-Tam says Toronto has to save green spaces because they are disappearing as condo towers multiply.

"Just because one is a downtown resident doesn't mean we all chose to live in concrete jungles," said Wong-Tam.

Paul Farralley of the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association has been fighting to stop what he says is out-of-control condo development.

"Developers are coming in with massive condos that belong on Bay Street. It's just the level of intensification that's going on," he said.

Wong-Tam still needs full council support to try and save the green space.

The property is estimated to be worth between $65 and $70 million.

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