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Toronto Drake gets green light to build mansion in Toronto’s Bridle Path

Toronto rapper Drake appears to be behind plans to build an imposing 21,000-square-foot mansion in the city’s Bridle Path area.

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Drake is coming home. The Toronto-born rapper just got the green light to build a massive mansion in one of the city's most luxurious neighbourhoods, providing that the building plan adheres to some minor revisions.

Planning consultant Michael Goldberg, who represented a numbered Nova Scotia-based company that owns the property, was met with unanimous approval as he spoke to the committee of adjustment on Drake's behalf at a hearing on Thursday in the North York Civic Centre.

The two-acre plot at 21 Park Lane Circle in the Bridle Path was purchased for $6.7-million last September.

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The building plan, revealed by The Globe and Mail last week, requires tearing down the existing property to make room for a 21,000-square-foot mansion complete with a 44-by-94-foot basketball court, a gym and a champagne room.

The minor revisions that will be made include reducing the size of a terrace to 28.44 square metres from 67.3 square metres and reducing the building's overall height.

Drake's driveway will meet the permitted width of nine metres before opening up to a 34-metre-wide courtyard.

Maureen Wright, chair of the Edward Gardens Neighbourhood Association, offered her support after hearing the revisions, as did neighbours including packaging business titan Navin Chandaria.

The plan for Drake's dream home also requires that 30 trees be cut down.

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