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  • yorkregion.com 905-881-3373 Thursday, May 26, 2016

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    PUBLIC WORKS CHALLENGE Councillors spar over insulting village projectBy KIM ZARZOUR

    kzarzour@yrmg.com

    Two local councillors were at loggerheads with the rest of council this week over how to proceed with controversial plans for the village core.

    Robert Salna Holdings and Pennytech Inc. propose to build an eight-storey, mixed use resi-dential/commercial structure on the east side of Yonge between Centre and Dunlop streets.

    Town staff, however, recommended a vari-ety of changes to make the proposal fit better with the unique heritage characteristics of the downtown core.

    In January, the developer filed an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

    But at Mondays council meeting, Ward 2 Councillor Tom Muench, supported by Ward

    1 Councillor Greg Beros, appealed to fellow councillors to continue negotiating with the developer.

    A strained, hour-long debate ensued, as Muench argued it was grossly unfair that, just because the developer filed an OMB appeal, the town wouldnt work with him to negotiate a settlement.

    While discussions can continue through mediation, the towns CAO Neil Garbe said, the negotiation process has been hijacked now that developer has gone to directly to the pro-

    vincial OMB. The properties in question located in

    Muenchs ward at 10217 and 10225 Yonge St. hold buildings listed in the towns Inven-tory of Buildings of Architectural and Historical Importance.

    In September 2014, Salna Holdings submit-ted a zoning bylaw amendment application to the town, seeking approval to permit a 72,000 square-foot building with 81 units.

    It would be an appropriate and much-need-ed kickstart for revitalization in the village core and mirrors the height of the Tridel condo to the south, the developers planner, Michael Manett, told council Monday night.

    But council and residents have identified a lengthy list of concerns surrounding the Salna

    See HEATED, page 18.

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    Langstaff Relay for Life organizer Samara Bengall, holding a photo of singer Drake, is hugged by enthusias-tic friends, including Negar Azarkeyvan, as they walk the track to Drakes music at Langstaff Second-ary last Thursday, during the 12-hour fundraiser for can-cer. So far, $62,000 has been raised.

    Its ludicrous idea to negotiate with developer taking town to

    OMB, says mayor

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    Bail hearing continues for man charged in Cellucci murder

    A bail hearing continued Tuesday in the Newmarket courthouse for Richmond Hills Nick Bagherzadeh, charged with stabbing another Richmond Hill man.

    Gianluca Cellucci, 22, was stabbed outside Luxy Nightclub in Vaughan during a fight in the early hours of Feb. 7.

    A man from Aurora was also stabbed, but he survived.

    Bagherzadeh, 20, was charged with second degree murder and attempted murder.

    On Tuesday almost 50 sup-porters were at Newmarket court to show solidarity in Cel-luccis memory.

    His mother, Joanna Liokossis, father Carmelo Cellucci, and sis-ter Francesca Cellucci, were all present at the hearing, overseen by Justice Michelle Fuerst.

    There were far fewer sup-porters there for Bagherzadeh. A number of those supporters were attempting to ensure his bail and act as sureties during his upcoming trial.

    The hearing will contin-ue June 6 at 2 p.m. when it is expected to conclude.

    Fuerst is expected to hand down her decision on bail at a later date.

    with files by Jeremy Grimaldi

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    Memorial held for Cellucci at St. TheresaBY TIM KELLY

    tkelly@yrmg.com

    As her tears flowed, a stabbing victims mother told a sobbing crowd of the pain and suffering shes gone through since that fateful day just three months ago when her beloved son was struck down.

    I crave his presence and his hugs. Hes always watching over his father, sister and I, and I will see him again one day. Unfortunately, that is no comfort for me right now, Joanna Liokossis said of 22-year-old Gianluca Cellucci, killed Feb. 7 in a Vaughan parking lot.

    About 150 family and friends met at Celluccis alma mater, St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School in Richmond Hill, Thursday evening for a memorial service to remember the

    young man. They told stories, remi-nisced and watched a slide show and brief movie in the school library.

    Celluccis photograph was also added to the schools Remembrance Wall, which is a memorial to stu-dents who have died.

    Gianluca touched so many lives in his very short time with us, said Liokossis.

    She talked about his dream of becoming a police officer and detec-tive with the York Regional Police force but said she really believed he would make a great prime minister. The first Italian prime minister, she said in one of few moments of levity.

    I do have one wish ... continue to speak about Gianluca, tell stories, so that his memory and spirit will be alive.

    St. Theresa chaplain Dino Sorentino shows the Wall of Remembrance to Joanna Liokossis, Carmelo Cellucci and the victims sister, Francesca.

    Two fires keep crews busy on long weekend

    BY TErEsa LaTchfordtlatchford@yrmg.com

    One person was left seriously injured following a commercial fire in Richmond Hill.

    Richmond Hill Fire and Emer-gency Services, York Regional Police and EMS were called to the scene of a Monday afternoon fire on Red Maple Road in the Yonge Street and 16th Avenue. A fire was reported at Edwards Automobile Services at 375 Red Maple Rd.

    When emergency crews arrived, plumes of smoke were spewing from the building. As a result, police urged local residents to remain indoors.

    The fire has been contained and fire services are working on hot spots now, YRP Duty Officer Gary Miner said. We dont yet know when the road will be re-opened, but we are asking residents to steer clear of the area.

    He confirmed that a 34-year-old male was transported to the hospital and was being treated for severe burns. While York police isnt releasing his name, Miner also confirmed the mans father was contacted to be with his son.

    It is believed that only one per-

    son was in the building at the time the fire started.

    The road was closed, but a crowd began to gather on the over-pass on 16th Avenue where there was a clear view of what was hap-pening down below.

    A local shop owner who owns the building two doors down had no words as he silently watched the fire crews extinguish the flames with water cranes.

    This is just awful, he muttered to himself.

    The Ontario Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the origin of the fire and determine how much damage the fire has caused.

    On Saturday, fire crews respond-ed to a house fire on Elmsley Drive in the 16th Avenue and Bayview area at about 6 p.m.

    The fire is believed to have started behind the wall between the first and second floor of the house.

    Five fire trucks and 20 firefight-ers were able to get the blaze under control quickly, but the estimated damage is pegged at $200,000.

    YRP confirmed the Fire Marshal will not investigate and the fire has been deemed not suspicious.

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