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'Density Creep' Feared By Toronto Midtown Homeowners

05/25/2015 02:17 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 02:59 EDT

This is how some Toronto homeowners respond to the onset of density.

A group of midtown Torontonians have created the "Density Creep Neighborhood Alliance" in response to Sherwood Park Modern Towns, a townhouse development planned for 200 to 214 Keewatin Avenue close to Mount Pleasant, which would replace eight single-family homes.

Trolleybus Urban Development and Freed Developments are planning a project of over 80 stacked townhouses for the area that it calls the "perfect urban home for professionals and young families starting out."

sherwood park modern towns

sherwood park modern towns

For longtime resident Lisa Goodwin, the issue is that the midrise development could hurt the values of properties that run in the low millions, she told The Toronto Star.

"Right now all the houses are $1.1 to, say, $2.2 (million) but they're looking at putting in places that are only $500,000," she said.

(Costs of units at Sherwood Park Modern Towns are expected to range anywhere from $369,000 to more than $1,559,900.)

The group has started a "Save Our Streets" campaign, which has involved placing signs like the following one throughout the neighbourhood.

save our streets

Members allege that the proposed project "exceeds zoning restrictions in height, density and setback and does not fit with the character of the street."

"We're not against development," alliance founder Marcia Visser told the Star. "We're just for planned development that enriches our neighbourhood and maintains and reinforces the physical character of our neighbourhood."

The story spawned the hashtag #DensityCreep, which was trending in Canada on Monday morning and generated the following posts, mocking the alliance.

As Col. Kurtz might say ...

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