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Council approves another 755 storeys of development

In addition to the new projects, 70,000 units of already approved development are yet to be built.

Get ready to see more cranes on the Toronto skyline.

This week alone, council has approved the construction of another almost 6,900 units.

According to the chief planner, the approved development adds up to 755 storeys. While mostly residential, it includes several office towers on Front and King Sts.

"We are experiencing a Manhattanization of downtown Toronto," councillor Joe Mihevc says. "Will it stress the infrastructure? Our planners are saying not yet."

Chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat says the city can "absolutely" handle the growth "at this point in time."

"At the same time, there's due diligence that we need to do moving forward in the future to understand how various forms of infrastructure - schools, parks, roads, sidewalks - can in fact continue to accomodate this much growth," Keesmaat says.

She admits that she and her colleagues have struggled with deciding when the city should put on the brakes.

"I honestly don't think we're at that point yet for a variety of reasons, including the shift that we're seeing to walking and cycling as forms of movement," she says.

In addition to the new projects, 70,000 units of already approved development are yet to be built.

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  1. dama posted on 08/28/2014 07:13 AM
    "In addition to the new projects, 70,000 units of already approved development are yet to be built."

    and you wonder why they are complaining about traffic congestion... or human congestion at cross walk intersections.. ...
  2. CynthiaT_3 posted on 08/28/2014 12:54 PM
    We need people to vote in a completely new council and get some new ideas.
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