Demolition of a century-old home in Osborne Village and three neighbouring homes is expected to begin later this month, triggering the construction of a seven-storey, 77-unit apartment building on Roslyn Road.
Construction fencing has gone up around the four homes on Roslyn Road.
While officials from developer Sunstone Resort Communities did not respond to an interview request, the project’s website confirmed demolition and work on the building foundation and parkade will begin this month.
"The demolition of the existing buildings will be beginning in June with excavation for the parkade and foundation starting thereafter," states the post on the project’s website, roslynfaq.ca
The project, which will see the demolition of a former historic home — Dennistoun House — was met by stiff opposition from area residents, who argued unsuccessfully the building is too big for the property, lacks the appropriate number of parking stalls and will add to congestion in the crowded area.
However, residents’ opposition fell on deaf hears at city hall, where the project was repeatedly approved by the planning department, several council committees and city council, which all concluded the project is appropriate for Osborne Village.
The project was approved by council at its Oct. 28, 2015 meeting. Resident appeals were heard, and lost, the following month, clearing the way for the project.
The residents lost a court challenge in 2010 to the city’s decision a year earlier to remove the historic designation on Dennistoun House.
"The project was approved by council and the appeal process has concluded, so the project, as approved, can proceed," ward Coun. Jenny Gerbasi said.
The project is located at the rear of the Osborne Village Safeway, and involves the properties at 166, 176, 178/180 and 184 Roslyn Road. The four properties will be consolidated into a single parcel for the project.
According to the city’s permit database, a demolition permit has not yet been issued for the project, but a foundation permit has been issued for 166 Roslyn Rd.
According to Sunstone’s website, construction is expected to take 18 to 20 months, with completion in early 2019.