What will happen now? RioCan’s Senior Vice President of Development said RioCan will work with all the stakeholders to finalize the new proposal. That means they will call another charrette with the residents association, the city and its partners. After consultation with all the groups, an updated proposal will be submitted to the city for review.
Long-time resident Fred Winegust is concerned too many parking spots will be lost during construction.
He pointed to a parking survey that found 88 per cent of the people using the plaza take cars to get there.
If it’s inconvenient to shop, people will go elsewhere, he said.
More than 300 people responded to Fred Winegust’s survey about SpringFarm Marketplace (Sobey’s Plaza) in the Clark and Hilda avenues area.
Ward 5 Thornhill Councillor Alan Shefman was also impressed by the response. “It provides a community voice with strength behind it,” he said.
Organizers of a public open house last night weren’t expecting the turnout, or perhaps the passion and interest that the redevelopment of one small plaza evoked in one Thornhill Vaughan community.
The meeting focused on a plaza on Clark Avenue at Hilda Avenue, just west of Yonge Street.