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Residents oppose 2 new condos in The Beaches

Lick’s Homeburgers & Ice Cream in The Beaches on June 13, 2011. CITYNEWS.

The Lick’s Homeburgers & Ice Cream is out and condos are in, but residents in The Beaches are still fighting a property developer’s plans to put two low-rise buildings in the close-knit community.

There are two new condos planned for The Beaches: Reserve Properties is behind a 29-unit condo building at the Kenilworth Avenue and Queen Street East site, and there is a six-storey development planned for Kippendavie Avenue.

Many homeowners in the area are worried the development will change the nature of the neighbourhood.

“We don’t need another Yorkville,” Beaches resident Heather Milne told CityNews reporter Avery Haines.

“Part of the charm of a seaside resort town, which is what The Beaches sells itself on, is individual stores and business — kind of a hodge-podge,” added Jennifer Kenneally, who also lives in the area.

The developers will meet with property owners who oppose the Kippendavie development at the Ontario Municipal Board on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the vice-president of Reserve Properties spoke to reporters after a public meeting about the Licks condo plan in the Beaches.

“People give us their feedback and we take it into consideration and see what we can do,” Shane Fenton said Monday.

“Ultimately our goal is to have a project the community welcomes with open arms,” he added.