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  • 17 Apr 2020 3:34 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Temporary Parking Removal for Crane Mobilization at Chaplin Station
    April 20, 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?


    On Wednesday April 20, 2020, a mobile crane will be mobilized to the Chaplin Station Main Entrance site.  The crane will travel north on Chaplin Crescent to Spadina Road, turn onto New Haven Drive and continue south on Gilgorm Road.  The crane will be used for deep excavation activities at the Main Entrance.  Once the equipment has been unloaded, the crane will be removed from the site following the same route. To provide adequate space, parking on New Haven Drive will be prohibited from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Monday April 20, 2020.
     

    Hours of Work

    •  Monday April 20, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    •  Work may be rescheduled, or be longer or shorter than expected

    Work Area Map

    What to Expect

    •  Temporary parking prohibitions will be in effect
    •   Noise from construction can be expected

     

    Traffic & Pedestrian Details

    •   On-street parking on New Haven Dr will be prohibited from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
    •    Motorists can expect delays when travelling through the are

    Travelling Smart during Construction


    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
     

    Stay Informed


    Sign up for e-mail updates at www.thecrosstown.ca/sign-up or download the Crosstown traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for the Eglinton corridor.

     

    Disponible en français.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Please support your local businesses during construction.


  • 15 Apr 2020 7:31 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    AVENUE STATION CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
     April 14, 2020

    Mining operations are ongoing at the Secondary Entrance and occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read the construction notice for more detail.

     

    What Work is Taking Place

    •  Mining excavation continues between Eastbourne Avenue and Lascelles Boulevard. This sequence includes drilling roof supports, removal of earth and coating exposed surfaces with shotcrete. Mining excavation is expected to be complete in July 2020. 

     

    • Approximately three concrete pours take place every week lasting 12 – 18 hours each.  The concrete forms the station structure below grade.  Some pours require temporary use of the westbound curb lane at Main Entrance.  The lane will re-open after each pour is complete. 

     

    What Work is Coming Up?

    • As early as Thursday, April 16, 2020 crews will perform the next concrete pour at the Main Entrance, temporarily occupying the westbound curb lane.  

     

    •  Demolition of the inner station walls is expected to resume on Monday April 20, 2020 and will occur 24 hours a day for approximately one (1) week.  Nearby properties may experience noise and/or vibration.

     

    Mining Information


    General mining activities occur in a continuous sequence, including drilling roof supports, excavation under the roof supports and spraying of concrete to finalize exposed areas underground. Within the excavation portion of the sequence, periodic removal of concrete sections of the existing tunnels is required as well as periodic chipping of temporary concrete linings. When possible, crews complete higher impact works during the day, however due to the sequence nature of the work and the engineering requirements related to ground stability and cavern integrity, sometimes noticeable activity occurs overnight. 

    Noise & Vibration Mitigation


    Noise and vibration impacts to your building depend on your proximity to the source and how the vibrations travel through the soil and interact with the foundation and structure of your building. Crosslinx Transit Solutions has implemented several noise reductions measures on site to mitigate the impact felt by the community during mining activities. Enclosures are used to cover equipment like generators and pumps, silencers are used to reduce noise from fans, and delivery routes and times are selected to minimize disruption – just to name a few.
    If you experience disruption from mining activities, please call our 24/7 phone line at 416-782-8118. 
     

    Construction Activities

    ACTIVITY & AREA

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    DURATION

    TENTATIVE DATE

    Concrete Pours

    • Approximately three (3) concrete pours per week
    • Concrete trucks will be staged within work zones, including Eglinton Park, and will exit the west gate of either site.
    • Trucks may be required to back into the site gates.
    • Some pours will require temporary occupancy of the westbound curb lane, west of the Main Entrance
    • 12 – 18 hours each
    • Approximately three (3) pours per week

     

    • The next pour with lane occupancy is tentatively scheduled for Thursday April 16, 2020.

    Wall Demolition

    • Demolition of temporary walls between Eastbourne Avenue and Lascelles Boulevard
    • Wall demolition will take place on a 24-hours basis
    • Wall demolition is expected to resume Monday, April 20, 2020 for one (1) week.

    Dewatering Well Maintenance

    • Periodic maintenance of dewatering wells requires a short duration closures around wells in the roadway or sidewalk

     

    • Use of a compressor and, occasionally, a hydro-vacuum truck is required.

     

    • Maintenance will occur periodically over the course of construction
    • 9am to 4pm

     

    Monitoring Work
    Equipment installed in various locations around the station are used to monitor ground movement during construction.
    Read the construction notice for more detail.

    • A drill is used to install monitoring equipment around the station area.

     

    • Short duration closures are used to obtain readings from the monitors.

     

    • If on the sidewalk, pedestrians may be rerouted around the work area

     

    • Periodic installations will occur over the course of construction

     

    • Readings will occur regularly over the course of construction
    • Future installation dates to be confirmed


  • 10 Apr 2020 2:26 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Community Groups, BIA’s , Neighbourhood Watch Groups, City Councillors,

    During this time of unprecedented challenges for everyone, the efforts to contain & prevent further spread of the COVID-19 Virus are more necessary then ever !

    The Government has consistently asked for the public to stay home , self isolate & practice safe social measures to save lives. Most people have listened , but some have not, ignoring the message, endangering Public Safety.

    In a Joint Effort, to ensure compliance, the Toronto Police Service & City of Toronto By-Law Enforcement are conducting a BLITZ throughout out the City.

    Please click on the link to read the MEDIA RELEASE.

    http://torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/46923

    If anyone has questions or concerns , please don’t hesitate to contact me by email b90023@torontopolice.on.ca or mobile phone , 416-473-6314.

    Thank you

    Constable Timothy Somers #90023

    Toronto Police Service

    53 Division

    Community Response Unit

    Crime Prevention – Community Safety Officer

    416-808-5337

    416-473-6314 Mobile


  • 10 Apr 2020 12:59 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Extended Construction Hours for Excavation and Tunnel Demolition at Chaplin Station
    Spring 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?


    Deep excavation has been underway at Chaplin Station since fall 2019.  Crews are currently, excavating the Main Entrance, located on the north side of Eglinton Avenue between Chaplin Crescent and Gilgorm Road, as well as the station box beneath Eglinton Avenue.  In April 2020, crews will begin to demolish the tunnels beneath Eglinton Avenue to make way for construction of the station underground.
     
    Using an excavator and crane, the concrete tunnel encasement will be broken, loaded onto a truck and hauled to an off-site facility.  Crews will continue to excavate, load and haul soil from the Main Entrance and station box while tunnel demolition takes place.  To accelerate construction, tunnel demolition, deep excavation and associated site maintenance work will take place on a 24/7 basis for approximately four (4) weeks.  To minimize disruption, the period between 12:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. will be used for loading, hauling and site maintenance only.
     
    Occasionally, chipping of hardened material and concrete will be required as part of deep excavation.  An excavator with a jack hammer will be used to perform chipping.  Chipping typically takes place for periods of 1-2 weeks at a time.  Chipping will take place between 5:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. only.  Notice will be provided in advance of sustained periods of chipping.
     

    Hours of Work

    • As early as April 14, 2020 construction will take place 24 hours a day, seven days per week for approximately four (4) weeks
    • Tunnel demolition will take place between 5:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
    • The contractor may not always work during these hours, but may do so at its discretion
    • This work may be longer or shorter than expected

    Work Area Map

    What to Expect

    • Access to-and-from the site as well as loading will take place from the Main Entrance location
    • Dump trucks will be staged on the Chaplin Cres median north of Spadina Rd
    • Overnight noise and site lighting can be expected
    • Property access will be maintained

     

    Traffic & Pedestrian Details

    • The current traffic configuration and pedestrian routes at Chaplin Station are expected to remain in place for the duration this work

    Travelling Smart during Construction


    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
     

    Stay Informed


    Sign up for e-mail updates at www.thecrosstown.ca/sign-up or download the Crosstown traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for the Eglinton corridor.

     

    Disponible en français.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Please support your local businesses during construction.


  • 10 Apr 2020 12:58 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Late Hauling at Chaplin Station
    April 13, 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?


    On April 13, 2020, crews will be loading and hauling excavated spoils from the Chaplin Station Main Entrance site until 2:00 a.m. the next morning.  Using an excavator and crane, excavated spoils will be loaded into dump trucks at surface level and hauled to an off-site location.  This work will take place overnight from 7:00 p.m. on Monday April 13 to 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday April 14, 2020.  A ventilation fan will be running for the duration of the work.
     

    Hours of Work

    • Monday April 13, 2020 between 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
    • Work may be rescheduled due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances

     

    Work Area Map

    What to Expect

    • Overnight noise from construction as well as site lighting can be expected
    • A ventilation fan will operate at surface level for the duration of this work

     

    Pedestrian & Traffic Details

    • The current traffic configuration and pedestrian routes at Chaplin Station are expected to remain in place for the duration this work

    Travelling Smart during Construction


    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
     

    Stay Informed


    Sign up for e-mail updates at www.thecrosstown.ca/sign-up or download the Crosstown traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for the Eglinton corridor.

     

    Disponible en français.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Please support your local businesses during construction.


  • 10 Apr 2020 12:55 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Local BIA’s & Community Groups,

    This Fraud Prevention Information was sent to me to help protect you during the current Pandemic & the changes to shopping that it has created.

    Please share this with your fellow businesses & community members !

    The Canadian Anti fraud Centre link is best for Canadian specific content Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. For reporting of course please use our CORE (Citizen Online Report Entry) System.

    On behalf of the Officers & Staff of 53 Division, Happy Easter & Stay Safe !

    We can all get through this together!

    Thank you

    Constable Timothy Somers #90023

    Toronto Police Service

    53 Division

    Community Response Unit

    Crime Prevention – Community Safety Officer

    416-808-5337

    416-473-6314 Mobile


  • 4 Apr 2020 3:42 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Dear residents,

    I hope this finds you and your family healthy and well under the unprecedented circumstances we all find ourselves in. 

    I’ve been reading the emails in my inbox- the many hundreds of them every day. In the midst of a global pandemic, every person has their own story and real challenges. 

    While it’s necessary to be at a physical distance right now, we can love and support each other through this journey we’re on together.

    This is the most surreal and challenging event most of us have ever experienced in our lifetimes. I know it can feel suffocating, frustrating, depressing and even devastating.

    I spoke with a resident who lost his dad this week to COVID-19. His mom, who can’t even receive a hug while she’s mourning, says that people who are ignoring calls to practice social distancing bear responsibility for her husband’s death. It’s heartbreaking.

    I’ve spoke with so many people who feel suffocated, like their existence feels like they’re under house arrest, with no known date for release. I know so many people who have had to put their life plans on hold. I’ve spoken with many tenants, and small to medium size landlords, who need a plan from the provincial government to make it through rent day. I’ve listened to many local business owners who might lose everything they’ve invested. I’ve spoken with fellow parents who are worried about their kids. And seniors, who are especially vulnerable to this disease, nowhere more so than in our long-term care homes. I’m advocating for them.

    I want to remind you of something very important. Each and every one of us can save lives and be part of the solution, rather than be the problem ourselves. Every choice we make could contribute to saving lives and ensuring our public spaces, civil liberties and quality of life returns back to something more “normal” sooner.

    The latest provincial models show that if we had done nothing, there could’ve been 100,000 deaths in Ontario due to COVID-19 over the next 2 years. If we do everything we can, it could still be in the thousands. If we stay home, practice safe physical distancing when out for a walk, wash our hands & follow expert advice, we can continue to bring down these horrible numbers. 

    I know it’s extremely difficult, but what we’re all doing every day has a meaningful purpose.  In fact, we’ve never had a higher calling. We are staying home, and physically distancing, so that more us us can get through this together. We are saving lives.

    Along with our collective efforts, I want to make a heartfelt point of thanking our heroic healthcare workers who are making enormous sacrifices to be on the front lines to protect and care for us.

    I understand the next few weeks will be especially difficult for them, as the surge of COVID-19 cases challenges the capacity of our healthcare system. People throughout our neighborhoods drum pots and pans every evening to cheer them on.

    And I’m so deeply grateful to everyone of our essential workers keeping society functional- from the grocery clerks, to waste collectors, emergency services and more. We appreciate you.

    And to all of you, the community I love so much, I wish you and your family very good health, mentally and physically. We will get through this together.

    I do hope you find my latest update to you helpful and informative. You can read previous ones here. Always feel very welcome to let me know if I can do anything to support you.

    In friendship,

    Josh

    P.S. My daughter, Molly, asked me to share her message to her fellow kids out there. Please click here to watch her public service announcement

    FOR JOSH'S FULL UPDATE PLEASE GO TO:

    C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Outlook\T94JFQXI\email.mht

  • 3 Apr 2020 5:15 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    COVID - 19 UPDATE

    FRIDAY APRIL 3, 2020


    AND

    THE ORIOLE PARK AND CHAPLIN ESTATES COMMUNITY


     

    During these difficult times, where many are practicing self isolation / quarantining, activities that we used to take for granted such as eating in a local restaurant are no longer allowed under government guidelines.  We also can no longer visit retail businesses that are deemed non-essential.

    The consensus of various reports is that over 40% of small retail businesses will not reopen and over 70% of restaurants may suffer the same fate. Our local businesses need our support as they are the economic backbone of our Oriole Park / Chaplin Estates community.

    Many of our restaurants continue to offer take-out and/or delivery services, and retailers are providing online/call-in shopping, as well as pick-up and/or delivery. Your support during this difficult time is greatly appreciated.

    To connect with and support our local businesses please visit the directories:

    TheEglinton Way BIAhttps://www.theeglintonway.com/directory/  

    and

    The Midtown Yonge BIA: https://midtownyongebia.ca/find-a-business/

    On a positive local note........

    One of our OPA members, Adair Roberts, started a ‘GoFundMe’ campaign on March 20th to raise monies to provide meals to front line service workers. To date Adair has partnered with 3 of our local community restaurants to deliver meals to Mount Sinai, St Michaels, North York General and Bridgepoint Hospitals as well as the Fred Victor Mission (just the start) and has raised over $69,000 in 14 days. For more information or to support please go to: www.feedthefrontlinesto.org.

    Hear the CBC Metro Morning interview: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-39-metro-morning/clip/15767468-how-toronto-volunteers-are-feeding-the-frontlines-of-workers-battling-covid-19


  • 3 Apr 2020 4:39 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Concrete Pour at Avenue Station:
     April 3, 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?

    • As early as Friday, April 3, 2020, crews will perform a concrete pour at the main entrance of Avenue Station. The concrete will form one of the permanent station structures underground. To safely carry out the works, westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to one lane at the Main Entrance. The pour will begin at 6:00 a.m. and take approximately twelve (12) hours to complete.  After the pour is complete, the lane will re-open. 

    Hours of Work

    • As early as Friday, April 3, 2020
    • The pour will begin at 6:00 a.m. and take approximately twelve (12) hours to complete.
    • Work may be delayed or rescheduled due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

    Work Area Map

    What to Expect

    • Lane reductions will be required to facilitate concrete pours at the station’s Main Entrance.
    • Expect delays while travelling through the intersection.
    • 4+ concrete trucks are expected per hour.
    • Noise from construction equipment can be expected.
    • Staging of concrete trucks at Eglinton Park and within the main entrance work zone.

    Pedestrian Details

    • All pedestrian routes will remain the same.

    Traffic Details

    • Westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to one lane at the Main Entrance.
    • Traffic control personnel and/or a paid duty officer will be present while this work takes place.

    Travelling Smart during Construction


    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
     

    Stay Informed


    Sign up for e-mail updates at www.thecrosstown.ca/sign-up or download the Crosstown traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for the Eglinton corridor.

     

    Disponible en français.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Please support your local businesses during construction.


  • 1 Apr 2020 12:30 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Decommissioning Monitoring Wells – Zone Four
    April 6 to 16, 2020

    What Work is Taking Place?


    Crews have begun decommissioning monitoring wells across the alignment. The wells served as part of the Geotechnical Instrumentation and Monitoring Program (GIMP) during the tunneling phase of construction. Crews will be decommissioning wells as far west as Emmett Avenue and Eglinton Avenue West, and work their way as far east as Kennedy Road. The wells are divided into 10 zones. Some wells will require temporary lane reductions in the area. When a lane reduction is required, one lane will remain open, and two-way traffic will be controlled by traffic control personnel and Paid Duty Officers. 

    Zone Four – Camberwell Road to Tarlton Road
    As early as Monday April 6, 2020, crews will move into zone four. Decommissioning one well will take approximately two hours. Upon completion, crews will move onto the next well, beginning at Camberwell Road working their way east towards Tarlton Road.
     

    Hours of Work

    • As early as Monday April 6 until as early as Thursday April 16.
    • Decommissioning will begin as early 9:00am until 4:00pm.
    • Occasional night work may be required, beginning as early as 8:00pm until 7:00am. 
    • The contractor may not always work during the permitted hours but may do so at its discretion.
    • Work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
    • This work may be longer or shorter than expected.

    Work Area Map

    What to Expect

    • Crews will be using a drill rig to decommission monitoring wells from the tunneling phase of the Eglinton Crosstown construction.
    • Occasional lane reductions may be required, depending on the location of the well. 
    • Eglinton Ave W and adjacent streets will remain open. 
    • Property access will be maintained. 
    • Expect delays when travelling near workzones. 

    Pedestrian & Traffic Details

    • Access to properties will be maintained.
    • All current construction staging for Crosstown workzones will remain in place. 
    • In addition to construction activity, residents can expect to see equipment and material storage within designated work zones.
    • Travel delays are expected with construction. Please allow extra time for your journey.

    Travelling Smart during Construction


    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
     

    Stay Informed


    Sign up for e-mail updates at www.thecrosstown.ca/sign-up or download the Crosstown traffic app to get real-time traffic and transit information for the Eglinton corridor.

     

    Disponible en français.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

    Please support your local businesses during construction.


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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