Vaughan city council chambers and two overflow rooms were packed last night, for a lively debate about plans for an ‘urban village’ in the heart of Thornhill Woods, a suburb north of Toronto. The unusually high turnout — for what was an otherwise routine public planning meeting — was spurred by a religious undercurrent.
CTV News That’s because the development proposal comes from a Muslim community organization that already operates the Jaffari Centre mosque on the 30-acre site in the longtime predominantly Jewish area.
The Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat (ISIJ) would like to build two 17-storey towers and more than 60 townhouses, including retail space, condominiums and assisted living facilities for seniors, at their location on Bathurst Street south of Rutherford Road.
The development will be geared toward the Muslim community, they say, but anyone would be welcome.