|A 30-story tower is envisioned somewhere in this view. The houses on the|
other side of the hedges will be overshadowed by the new tower if built as
envisioned in the current plan recently displayed by Shape Properties.
A good transition along the edges of differing zones should see a blending of the neighbourhoods at their meeting points. The current concept to build a 30-story residential tower at the northwest end of Brentwood Mall will create an abrupt transition from "town centre" to "single family" neighbourhood. The houses along Brentlawn Drive are presently separated by a rear lane and a fence that runs along the northern length of the mall property. Such a swift change will negatively impact the houses directly behind the mall just off of Willingdon Ave.
The abrupt transition in the northwest corner is in sharp contrast to the long-term plan of having townhouses built at the rear of the mall roughly halfway between Willingdon and Beta Aves. The townhouses will create a good transitional buffer between the mall and the houses behind it.
If this has been considered for the north of the mall, there is no reason why it cannot be considered for the northwest part as well. Lower buildings could still be built in place of the tower currently in the plan. The 30-story tower should be moved further south and push the other towers further south along Willingdon. If the 30-story tower is built further south, the developer may be able to build it taller to 40 stories since there would be a greater distance from the houses on Brentlawn.