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May 26, 2016: 2000 spaces: Do the Math; What does “Transit-oriented” mean to you?

May 26, 2016: 2000 spaces:
Do the Math; What does “Transit-oriented” mean to you?

By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg resident.

“Trinity is also proposing to build over-top of the Trillium line and the multi-use pathway that runs beside it and up to (and possibly encroaching on) Tom Brown Arena park – judging from the pictures they displayed.”

Three or four 55-storey residential rental buildings on top of 1500 to 2000 parking spots, and 5 big box retail stores with up to a quarter of a million sq. ft. of retail.

This is the proposal for a tiny parcel of land just south of Bayview Station nestled between the City Centre building and Albert Street at the juncture of the Trillium Line (O-Train) and the future Light Rail (LRT).

This plan was revealed at an early community information meeting March 8 hosted by the new owner of the property, Trinity Developments. Development proposals for this property have changed over the last 13 years – getting bigger and bigger.

Earlier proposals were for townhouses in 2003; then, in 2009, 3 buildings – 24, 17 and 4 storeys; thereafter, it changed to two 30-storey office buildings and a shorter building, with far less parking, a few years ago.

Trinity is also proposing to build over-top of the Trillium line and the multi-use pathway that runs beside it, and up to (and possibly encroaching on) Tom Brown Arena park – judging from the pictures they displayed.

Their current proposal is to put the new Central Library over-top of the tracks and existing green space, plus add a fourth 55-storey tower on top of the Library itself. The proposal also includes an elevated road atop the soccer field at Tom Brown to service the library and its 55 storey residential superstructure.

The proposed retail space would have 5 large retail stores plus a number of smaller stores.

Trinity is the company that was involved with the Landsdowne Park redevelopment – so look to Landsdowne to see what retailers they might be looking at. Winners is one of the retailers they have at many of their shopping malls and the one they mentioned at the consultation.

As with all new developments in the community these days a grocery store was dangled as enticement – hard to say if one will ever materialize, but it is always mentioned by every developer.

According to Trinity representative, Ryan Moore, Landsdowne Park sees 30-50 trucks a day – so expect that this location would see equivalent heavy truck traffic.

No traffic analysis has been provided yet. Preliminary plans show 646 retail parking spots, 1000 residential spots, and 128 office parking spots for a total of 1,774 parking spots. Add to that the likelihood of 30 to 50 – big trucks a day. Scott and Albert streets would become a thoroughfare for cars and trucks at a major transit station.

The myth that high density development at transit stations will alleviate traffic congestion is defeated in requiring this amount of parking space. Transit-oriented development – really? With this amount of parking?

Interested neighbours can see the preliminary proposal at http://900albert.com . And watch for Trinity’s proposed second community information meeting. You may care to share your opinion.

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