Community, Traffic Control|

Updates on the 1400-unit CityPlace (Block 22) Condominium Project at Spadina Avenue and Bremmer Boulevard

A community stakeholders’ meeting was held at the Habourview Super Centre on Mariner Terrace on February 20th—between City Transportation officials, Concord Adex executives, execs from Optima property management, and CPRA advisors (Michelle Kam and Gary Pieters), and current, active Board members Keith Graham and Peter Chiaramonte, among others.

The meeting was called by Constituency and Planning Advisor Bushra Mir, of City Councillor Joe Cressy’s Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York office. The group discussed Block 22 site activity updates and timelines on the new condominium development located at 23 Spadina Avenue— bordered by Spadina, Blue Jays Way, Navy Wharf Court and Bremmer Boulevard. Block 22 is estimated to be completed later this year, and will feature a total of 1400 units at 69 storeys.

Environmental impacts due to noise pollution, bicycle, car, truck, and TTC traffic were discussed in terms of minimizing the impacts on pedestrian travel. CityPlace—bordered, as we know, by the Harbourfront and Fort York tourist areas such as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and Ripley’s Aquarium—has a “Walk Score” of 96.

Walk Scores (from zero to 100) measure the “walkability” of walking routes to nearby amenities in terms of what it takes for local business to flourish, and for public transit to run frequently. For example, building entrance and exit ways close to the street, and putting parking lots underground or in back.

Other matters discussed: cell phone distractions by both drivers and pedestrians causing problems, traffic flow on to Spadina, truck staging, and what to expect in terms of future disruptions. For instance, construction trucks with heavy loads will be equipped with improved staging using GPS technical upgrades. Earth, gravel, rebar and concrete trucks make—we’re told—120 to 140 trips in and out of the site at the height of excavation. This is likely to be down to 10 trips per day after the excavation phase is completed.

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