Plan to build 180 townhouses on former school site in Mississauga up in the air

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Published June 24, 2024 at 1:41 pm

Townhouse development in south Mississauga.

A proposal to build 180 three-storey townhouses on land where a public school once stood in Mississauga’s south end is poised to be shot down at a public meeting at city hall on Tuesday night.

The plan as presented earlier by the developer is to build 12 blocks of back-to-back townhouses — 180 units in total — at 2620 Chalkwell Close, which sits north of Truscott Drive, east of Winston Churchill Boulevard and south of the QEW in Clarkson.

The five-acre site once housed Elmcrest Public School, which opened in 1960 and closed in 2016 due to declining enrolment. The school was demolished in 2021 and the Peel District School Board later sold the property.

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Elmcrest Public School was demolished in 2021.

The proposal from Etobicoke-based Dunpar Homes, which also calls for 402 parking spaces on the property, will be further discussed Tuesday night at the City of Mississauga’s planning and development committee meeting.

The property is zoned for detached homes, but Glen Schnarr & Associates Inc., on behalf of the developer, suggested in a report the location is under-utilized.

In a June 5 report to be presented Tuesday, Mississauga planning and building staff recommend the developer’s application for the nearly 200 townhouses be refused “as it is not acceptable in its current form.”

The thinking is the proposed development would rise up too close to nearby homes and would also have a negative impact on parkland in the area.

However, city staff support one part of the developer’s request that would change the site from low- to medium-density residential uses.

Many residents have also voiced opposition to the proposed development and have circulated a petition calling for the plan to be axed.

The Park Royal Community Association, the residents’ group behind the petition, is concerned about the height of the townhomes and an increased volume of people and traffic that would negatively impact the area.

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Layout of the proposed townhouse development.

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