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Buyers beware: several schools near condo towers have no room for new students

(Image: Tomash Devenishek)

Living in a condo building with kids can be tough: there’s less space for playtime, more insults from deputy mayor Doug Holyday and now—worryingly—no room at local schools. The Toronto District School Board has posted notices in several communities warning condo buyers that nearby public schools are over capacity and can’t accept more students. For instance, in the High Park area, local school trustee Irene Atkinson is expecting an influx of 400 new elementary students in the next few years (already, approximately 270 kids are being bused to schools in neighbouring wards). The situation has local councillor Sarah Doucette wondering, “Can we take over any malls? Can we start building secondary schools in apartment buildings?” Given that condo towers already feature bowling alleys, golf simulators and virtual concierges, we guess throwing in a few classrooms isn’t so far-fetched. [CBC]

  • M

    There’s 3 bedroom condos for these kids to live in?

  • sol sam

    It is Daniels who is building mega Condo on corner of Bloor and Oakmount Road. To this day we from this neighborhood did not know what corruption method Daniels used to build 25 floor building on location where City-by-Law permits maximum 4 floor buildings.

    Absolute madness! we where fighting this for year and we said NO 50 times on all meeting and they now started to cut 60 year old trees to put concrete mega-slab with 800 people 300 cars i the area the is already crowded by apartment buildings.

    this is prime example of corruption beyond comprehension.

  • W. K. Lis

    Is this what Doug Holyday meant that downtown condos is not meant for families? There is no room in the area schools for the kids?

  • Annie

    North Toronto Collegiate is in a condo at Yonge & Eglinton. Also, when the Minto towers went up there was a sign in the sales office that there may not be space in the local schools. I assumed this was some kind of law and not a voluntary warning from the developer?

  • W. K. Lis

    New York City does have schools as part of high-rise buildings. At 8 Spruce Street in New York ( ) they have a 76-story rental apartment building with an elementary school on the first five floors for 600 students from kindergarten to grade eight. There is a fourth floor roof desk of 5,000 square feet for outdoor play.

    So it can be done.