Category: Development

Metrolinx changes construction plan; no dump trucks

Thanks to a strong community response and leadership from the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association, Metrolinx has changed its plan that would have seen up to 30 dump truck per day rumble along Wabash, Macdonell and Rideau for track construction.

Metrolinx has found an alternate solution and will not be using our local streets. Metrolinx will continue to use the 40 Wabash Avenue site (behind the linseed oil factory) to store their work materials but will access the site from the rail side. The work is expected to start very soon and last until the fall 2014.

The construction is related to the expansion of the Kitchener-Georgetown rail corridor with more tracks to accommodate the new Union-Pearson Express air-rail link and expanded GO train service.

Read Metrolinx’s Response_to_May_22_ Community_ Meeting regarding the construction.

Read Metrolinx’s East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals Construction Update – June 7, 2013

May 22 meeting to discuss Metrolinx construction at park

Councillor Gord Perks is holding a meeting to discuss the Metrolinx proposal to use the area behind 40 Wabash Avenue as a staging area for track work. 40 Wabash Avenue is the address of the abandoned linseed oil factory, the future community centre, and the land is owned by Parks, Forestry and Recreation. The access point is at the intersection of Wabash and Macdonell.

Metrolinx says it needs the space for approximately 20 months, starting this June, and predicts up to 30 dump trucks a day on neighbourhood streets during peak times. For more information, visit the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association website.

Meeting details:

Wednesday May 22nd, 2013 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fern Avenue Public School – 128 Fern Avenue

Councillor Perks, Metrolinx and Parks Forestry and Recreation staff will be reviewing details of the proposed staging area.

Public meeting for 383 Sorauren condo application

383 Sorauren Avenue. The park can be seen on the right.

A developer is making an application to build an 11-storey condo at 383 Sorauren Ave., the lot between Downtown Lumber and the Robert Watson Lofts. The proposed building would have approximately 160 units, with a mix of studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and townhouse units, with two levels of underground parking. It would be taller than the next-door Watson Lofts by about 6 metres (20 ft.).

A zoning bylaw amendment and a Site Plan application will be filed with the City.

Councillor Gord Perks has called a community meeting about the proposal:

Monday, Sept. 10, 7 – 9 p.m., Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, 214 Wright Ave.