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Yonge and Eg residents blast mall plans

Residents in the Yonge and Eglinton area held a rally Monday to stop a developer from building a mall on the site what’s now a open, concrete space.

In the condo city that Yonge and Eglinton is transforming into, the people who live there have said it’s the last open space.

“… Not to be negotiated away,” a protester shouted.

City councillor Michael Walker will oppose the plan at City Hall Wednesday and he swears by the square.

“If we’re going to meet someone, we can say we’ll meet you at Yonge and Eglinton Square, which would be the only public plaza anywhere around here,” Walker said.

It lands in Councillor Karen Stintz’s ward, who says it’s cut and dry.

“It was never designed the way Dundas Square was or Mel Lastman square,” Stinz clarified.

In the proposal to be debated at City Hall Wednesday, a mall would take up three quarters of the square, with a roof top garden. 

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