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  • January 21, 2021 3:23 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    TTC Line 1 Closure -Eglinton Crosstown LRT Construction Work

    January 23 – January 24, 2021



    TTC’s Line 1 subway will be closed between Finch and St. Clair stations on Saturday January 23 and Sunday January 24, 2021, while crews perform TTC platform relocation and associated track level works. Work will take place on a 24-hour basis on Saturday January 23 and Sunday January 24, 2021.  Berwick Avenue will remain open while this work takes place



  • January 21, 2021 2:44 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    WEDNESDAY January 27, 2021 6:30 -8:00PM

    REGISTER AT :http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations

    Description:

    Proposal for two mixed-use buildings at 30 and 45 storeys connected by an 8 storey base building. Proposal will contain 821 residential units and 2,569 square metres of grade-related commercial space. Proposed are 442 vehicle parking spaces (92 visitor/commercial & 350 residential) and 1,008 bicycle parking spaces (987 residential short/long term & 21 commercial short/long term) to be located within a below grade parking garage.


  • January 15, 2021 2:30 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Proposal for five towers with a total of 2,701 residential units, approximately 59,000 square metres of office space, 2,000 square metres of retail space along Eglinton Ave and Yonge St, 1,000 square metres of community space and 864 parking spaces located in an underground garage. The proposal also includes a new public plaza at the corner of Yonge St and Eglinton Ave, an east-west open space linking Yonge St and Duplex Ave, a new L-shaped street running from Berwick Ave to Duplex Ave and a new public park along Duplex Ave.

    The following is the link to the City of Toronto Application Center file for the project.

    http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do?folderRsn=N59s8Qf2JU22pCem2v3syQ%3D%3D#detail0


  • January 07, 2021 9:57 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    IMPORTANT TRAFFIC NOTICE

    Commencing Monday January 11, 2021 until Sunday February 28,2021 Chaplin Crescent northbound at Eglinton Avenue West will be closed to vehicular traffic for the reinstallation of a watermain.

    The TTC Glencairn #14 bus westbound will detour north on Tarlton to Eglinton ; the eastbound bus will detour south on Russel Hill to Chaplin.

    Special note : There will be no on street parking allowed on Tarlton or Russel Hill during the closure.


  • November 17, 2020 7:26 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Join Toronto-St. Paul’s elected officials from all orders of government to discuss how we can work together to ensure that we support those in need and create policies to #BuildBackBetter after the pandemic.

    Panelists:

    • Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP for Toronto-St. Paul's
    • Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto-St. Paul's
    • Josh Matlow, Toronto City Councillor Ward 21
    • Shelley Laskin, TDSB Trustee
    •  Norm Di Pasquale, TCDSB Trustee

    The event will be streamed on our Facebook page live. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the broadcast. If you have a question you would like answered by the panelists, please send your question in advance to carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca

    We hope to see you there!

    A recording of the event will be posted to our website.



  • November 17, 2020 4:52 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Oxford Properties Group is currently planning for the redevelopment of Canada Square at the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue and will be hosting a virtual community meeting on Monday November 23rd from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM through WebEX. The meeting will be an opportunity for community members to learn about the master plan development process to-date, how community input has shaped the plan so far, and how to provide feedback. There will be a presentation from Oxford’s consultants followed by a question and answer period – questions will be fielded primarily through a chat function in WebEx and then read aloud by the meeting moderator who will direct these questions to panelists from Oxford and the design team.

    Meeting Information

    When: Monday November 23rd, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    To Join the Meeting using the following link

    NEW INFORMATION

    NEW MEETING LINK: https://urbanstrategiesevents.webex.com/urbanstrategiesevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef274c1376196029336fbf530b87062f2

    Participants can also call-in by phone if they wish, though using this option will prevent them from seeing the presentation slides. The call-in number for this option is  as follows:

    Join by phone by dialing +1-647-484-1598 followed by the access code 173 248 5879


    To learn more about the Canada Square project you can also visit https://canadasquareto.com/ and sign-up for email updates as the project progresses.


  • November 16, 2020 12:00 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Join OPA AGM Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87482318467?pwd=dEswOVY4RnBFUXR4YXVCYm03OTdUdz09

    Meeting ID: 874 8231 8467

    Passcode: 544358

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    Meeting ID: 874 8231 8467

    Passcode: 544358

    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kOac8cOuK

    Thank you to everyone for participating and the OPA looks forward to your attendance.


  • October 24, 2020 4:27 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Please join the OPA Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting to be held virtually at 7:00PM on Wednesday November 18,2020.

    The theme this year is planning, transportation and neighbourhood safety.

    We will be having guests to respond to your questions from City of Toronto Planning, Transportation Services, Metrolinx and the Toronto Police Services. Questions may be submitted via email - oriolepark.agm@gmail.com up to the meeting date.

    Please make your questions succinct and our guests will be pleased to respond.

    Meeting link & password :

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87482318467?pwd=dEswOVY4RnBFUXR4YXVCYm03OTdUdz09

    Meeting ID: 874 8231 8467

    Passcode: 544358

    One tap mobile

    +17789072071,,87482318467#,,,,,,0#,,544358# Canada

    +12042727920,,87482318467#,,,,,,0#,,544358# Canada

    Dial by your location

            +1 778 907 2071 Canada

            +1 204 272 7920 Canada

            +1 438 809 7799 Canada

            +1 587 328 1099 Canada

            +1 647 374 4685 Canada

            +1 647 558 0588 Canada

    Meeting ID: 874 8231 8467

    Passcode: 544358

    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kOac8cOuK


    We look forward to seeing you in our 2020 format!!

  • October 08, 2020 10:10 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)


    Councillor Matlow's City Hall and Community Update

    Please follow the link to Josh's  October 2020 Newsletter.

    https://joshmatlow.ca/enewsletter/councillor-matlows-city-hall-and-community-update-2/



  • October 02, 2020 10:19 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    New report says the Eglinton Crosstown LRT could open five months late — and without its Eglinton stop

    By Ben SpurrTransportation Reporter TORONTO STAR

    Thu., Oct. 1, 2020timer4 min. read

    updateArticle was updated 13 hrs ago

    As delays continue to plague the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the consortium building the project has proposed inaugurating service on the line five months behind schedule and without one of its most important stations operational on opening day.

    Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency overseeing the project, conceded earlier this year that the $5.3-billion, 19-kilometre LRT across midtown won’t be finished by the previously announced deadline of September 2021. Metrolinx says it now expects the line to open sometime in 2022, but a firm date hasn’t been set.

    But according to a new report, Crosslinx Transit Solutions, the private group contracted by the province to build the line, has floated a plan for a phased opening. It would see most of the LRT in service by Feb. 28, 2022, with the exception of Eglinton station, which wouldn’t be fully complete until September 2022.

    The proposal was revealed in an analysis of Crosslinx’s work on the LRT published earlier this week by Moody’s, the credit rating firm. Crosslinx spokesperson Kristin Jenkins confirmed the plan Thursday.

    “All parties believe having the line open as soon as possible is everyone’s top priority” but “it is not uncommon for major new transit lines to open in phases,” Jenkins said, citing the London’s Jubilee Line extension.

    Metrolinx hasn’t signed off on the phased approach.

    “Metrolinx is focused on ensuring that (Crosslinx) fully meets its obligations to deliver a system as soon as possible — a system that is complete, fully tested and ready to provide high quality, safe and reliable service to our customers,” said Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster in a stern statement.

    He said Crosslinx “has not achieved necessary production rates to achieve the original project schedule” and Metrolinx “will continue to hold (the consortium) accountable for these delays.”

    The Crosstown’s Eglinton stop will be a crucial transfer point with the Line 1 subway at Yonge Street, offering midtown riders a route downtown. It’s expected to be one of the busiest stations on the LRT.

    But construction of the stop has been unexpectedly complex. It’s being built beneath the existing Eglinton subway station and, midway through work, Crosslinx discovered defects in structures installed in the 1950s during construction of the TTC stop. The defects had to be repaired, significantly delaying work on the new LRT station.

    Jenkins said Crosslinx hopes to complete most of the Eglinton LRT stop by May 2022, but the direct connection to the subway wouldn’t be finished until the fall of that year. In the interim, LRT vehicles would stop at the station but passengers would have to transfer by exiting the LRT stop and entering Eglinton subway station at street level.

    According to the Moody’s report, besides Eglinton, construction has also been delayed at four other stations: Kennedy, Forest Hill, Mount Pleasant and Cedarvale.

    In the report, Moody’s said it has downgraded Crosslinx’s credit rating outlook from stable to negative, citing the lack of a new schedule agreement. Under the terms of the public-private partnership Crosslinx has entered into for the Crosstown, unless a new schedule is agreed to, the consortium could be on the hook for millions of dollars in costs for delays past the 2021 deadline.

    Crosslinx has filed claims with Metrolinx asserting the consortium isn’t responsible for making the LRT project late and seeking compensation. Metrolinx denies those claims.

    “Events outside of Crosslinx’s control have led to delays,” said Jenkins, citing problems with “permitting and approvals, unknown underground conditions and more recently labour shortages and delays in the supply chain related to COVID-19.”

    She said such issues “are not uncommon for large, complex P3 projects” and “Crosslinx continues to seek a fair and reasonable settlement,” adding that the LRT is now 70 per cent complete.

    When construction on the Crosstown began in 2011, it was supposed to be complete by 2020, but in 2015 that was pushed back a year.

    The most recent delays come despite Metrolinx giving Crosslinx $237 million in 2018 as part of a settlement intended to keep the project on schedule. Metrolinx has defended that payment, saying that it addressed earlier problems and the latest setback is a result of new issues.

    Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 12, Toronto-St. Paul’s), whose ward includes the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton, said a phased opening for the Crosstown that initially leaves out Eglinton station isn’t ideal but would be a better approach “than not opening at all.”

    Matlow said repeated delays to the disruptive construction project are undermining the quality of life of local residents and the viability of Eglinton businesses. He accused Metrolinx of not being able to properly manage its contractors.

    “There’s been conflict for the past several years between those parties. And it really makes me question the competency of how the project has been executed,” he said.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY ISSUES

As we all know our neighbourhood is subject to serious development pressure, and development issues have occupied much of the board’s time. Among these issues are:

Community Development Committee of Adjustment – Single Family Homes

The OPA keeps a close eye on applications for home renovations and tear- downs in our neighbourhood.

We receive details about applications from the Committee including a description of the proposed changes and the deadline for submitting to the committee. We forward information about homes in our area to a special email list. You can subscribe here: Oriole Park Association - Committee of Adjustment notices.

Metrolinx – Eglinton LRT

The OPA is involved in the ongoing process of the development of the new Light Rail Transit line in our area.

One major concern for the community is that Eglinton Avenue is to have restricted lanes westbound between Oriole Parkway and Braemar Avenue for the construction of the Avenue Road Station.

The proposals as detailed below will last until 2021.

The businesses on the north side will have very restricted access and visibility.

The second concern is that Metrolinx in their initial proposal wished to ‘clear cut’ the area on the south side of the North Toronto Community Center between the eastern driveway and the western boundary beside the ‘Art Barn’ building. The area is to be used for storage and construction vehicles

The OPA community involvement is:

  • We attend meetings on behalf of the membership and community as well as sit on a ‘working group’ Chaired by Councillor Cristin Carmichael-Greb (Ward 16) and as supported by our Councillor Josh Matlow ( Ward 22).
  • The working group is comprised of elected officials; Senior City of Toronto Staff including Metrolinx and Crosslinx staff. The local residents associations are represented by the Eglinton Avenue Road Community Association: the Eglinton Park Ratepayers Association as well as the OPA.
  • We will provide updates via our Twitter and Facebook Accounts as well our email subscribers as they come available.


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