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Davenport Diamond Greenway LIVE - November 24, 2022

Join the Davenport Diamond Greenway Project team LIVE on November 24th to see an update about the project and have your questions answered.

Please join us on November 24th, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., where the project team will present an update on the Davenport Diamond Greenway project and answer your questions about the project. The panel will include experts from the project team.

Metrolinx will provide a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.

Our virtual platform will allow you to vote on the questions you’d most like answered, and the order our experts take them in will be based on popularity (total votes). We encourage you to submit and vote on questions now. You may also submit questions during the meeting.

Agenda

7:00PM - 7:30PM: Project Update

7:30PM - 8:00PM: Questions and Answers to Pre-Submitted Questions

8:00PM - 8:30PM: Call-in Questions

Meet the Speakers

William Norman headshot

William Norman

Community Engagement and Issues Specialist, Toronto West, Metrolinx (Moderator)

Frankie Lam headshot

Frankie Lam

Project Manager, GO Expansion Union Station & Lakeshore Rail Corridors, Metrolinx

John Potter headshot

John Potter

Sponsor, Ontario Line, Metrolinx

Headshot of Kim Storey

Kim Storey

Architect/Principal, Urban Design and Architecture Lead, Brown and Storey Architects Inc.

Lisa Mactaggart

Lisa Mactaggart

Landscape Architect, Landscape Architecture Lead, Brown and Storey Architects Inc.

Josh Fullan

Josh Fullan

Director, Community Engagement Lead, Maximum City

Format & Accessibility

Questions will be answered based on popularity (total votes) and relevance to the scope of the project. We aim to answer all questions.

Please review and note that conduct inconsistent with our policies will result in removal.

 

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 5, 2022 - 07:33

Will there be markings along the Greenway to indicate separate lanes for cyclists/pedestrians? The West Toronto Railpath is increasingly becoming more dangerous due to excessive speeds of cyclists and e-bikes. A separate lane, such as the Robert Goodman Trail, could be helpful.

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 13, 2022 - 23:30

What is the status of negotiations with the landlord? Is enabling a crossing at Antler still a goal for the project?

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Nov 13, 2022 - 23:43

Connecting this active transit corridor safely north to Earlscourt Park would create enormous value for this community by giving us - and the many thousands of new residents coming with intensive development - access to one of the larger green spaces in the area. Ideally this would take the form of a pedestrian bridge across Davenport Rd to Earlscourt.
Previously, the Metrolinx team has mentioned that this crossing was ruled out due to the proximity of the overhead hydro corridor that runs east-west south of davenport. But this argument does not make sense considering that rail traffic with overhead wires will also run under the hydro corridor, in closer vertical proximity. Surely some infrastructure protecting vulnerable road users can be accommodated to complete this link and render it truly enabling by connecting people to green spaces?

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Nov 13, 2022 - 23:37

Though technically out of scope for this project, the connection south of Bloor is critical in enabling a connected and protected cycling and pedestrian route for this community. It would also give us access to the Bloor-Lansdowne GO / SmartTrack station. What barriers are there to construction? Is this still in the plans? Will a pedestrian / cycling bridge over Bloor be constructed (it is in some of the renderings but not all of them)? There is real worry that these critical amenities will be "de-scoped", so we'd like assurances, and an indication that the budget is set aside for this next phase.
The connection south would eventually link up with the West Toronto Railpath where it hops the Barrie line to run south along the east side of the tracks all the way to downtown (Phase 2, 2025).

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Is this connection still on track to open in spring 2023 before the rest of the greenway opens? Will access to the underpass be maintained during greenway construction?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 6, 2022 - 17:10

Will there be any signals installed? What are the planned pavement markings or surface treatments?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 7, 2022 - 08:35

Is Barrie line getting electrified first?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 8, 2022 - 07:56

What are the timelines for the completion of the pedestrian tunnel connecting Dora Ave and Sterling Rd, and, the pedestrian bridges further north?

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Anonymous
Nov 7, 2022 - 08:36

Is project running late with opening (sprint 2023)?

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Nov 24, 2022 - 13:43

In 2016 the land at the top of Ward St. was promised by then Councillor Adam Giambrone to DIG IN for a connection between the two neighbourhoods on either side of the tracks. Metrolinx agreed to this connection. Then, Councillor Ana Bailao, under some confusion leased the land to Ubisoft to use for parking (which went against this original agreement by the city and Metrolinx). The neighbourhood west of the tracks can only be accessed by emergency vehicles from Dupont St. in the north, Bloor St. in the south and Wallace Ave. from the west side only. We all know how much traffic there is on Bloor and Dupont streets during certain times of the day. What is Metrolinx and the city going to do to allow for this joining up of Lappin and Antler to allow another access point for emergency vehicles?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 4, 2022 - 17:55

Once the project has been completed, will all fences along the elevated guideway be removed? The project will most benefit residents if there’s free flow between east and west sides of the rail allowance.

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Anonymous's avatar

The community was promised a lively art work on the noise/construction long wall that was built. My understanding is that this has been no cancelled. A lot of us were not in favour of this monstrosity of a wall, two-three stories high in some places, however, we accepted it with the understanding that it will be made visually appealing. Now, this artwork has bene cancelled. We would like to know why it was cancelled, what is the $$ impact and where the money went instead. It is not acceptable to add more drab to the community.

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Anonymous's avatar

Can you highlight the changes made from the original design plan. I understand that the artwork that was supposed to enliven the wall is now gone.
What will be done to prevent the graffiti, which is already present on the wall even through it is not even done yet?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 5, 2022 - 07:23

Will the Barrie line be electrified by the time the Greenway is complete?

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Anonymous
Nov 5, 2022 - 07:25

What is the design plan for the Greenway where it runs adjacent to the west side of 284 St Helens?

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Anonymous
Nov 5, 2022 - 07:28

Will there be spaces for pubic art, pop-up’s, small outdoor events along the Greenway?

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Will you provide accessibility accommodation for various needs? Signage in braille? Contrasting and texturized ground colours? Smooth pathways for walkers and mobility devices? Any walkway on an incline or decline? Benches for customers who may be able to walk for only a short distance at a time? What type of accessibility expert or consultations have you gone through?

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Will the Wiltshire/Exeter Hydro stations be moved/burried?

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Nov 22, 2022 - 21:27

I realize this comes up at every meeting but I'm curious if there's been any change or if this is feasible.

My understanding is that it is private property on the east side of greenway, currently used as a parking lot with a fence along the train tracks. My questions are:
- Who owns the fence? If it's Metrolinx, can it be removed once the tracks are grade separated?
- Is there a requirement that the greenway be fenced off from adjacent properties (eg. here at Lappin, or the storage facility north of Wallace)

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Nov 24, 2022 - 19:26

We see graffiti everywhere on every surface throughout the city we. Close by, the Toronto Rail-path is covered with graffiti even on commissioned murals. What type of surfaces, materials, plants etc. will you use to try and prevent this from happening?
How will it be removed and how often will removal be scheduled monthly?
Also, how will unfavourable loitering be discouraged, so that it is a positive space in the community.

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Nov 24, 2022 - 19:58
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Nov 22, 2022 - 21:31

At Wallace, there are concrete footings on either side of the guideway used for the gantry cranes. These are approximately 1 m high by 1 m wide and about 20 m long. Will these be left in place and incorporated into the greenway or demolished?

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Nov 24, 2022 - 19:15

Will there be access between east and west sides of the railway (under it, I presume) between Davenport and Dupont?

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Could the sidewalk be raised to the ground level of the library building on the west side of the greenway so pedestrians wouldn't have to go down then up?

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Nov 24, 2022 - 20:15

The ramp along Krickhahn Park North of Bloor has a one meter gap between the park and the train ramp. This seems like it could collect garbage and become potentially dangerous. Is there any plan to mitigate for this?

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Anonymous
Nov 18, 2022 - 16:47

A City's workers team has been taking measurement on Ennerdale Road to install very much needed speed bumps. Any news of their progress? Thank you and congratulations for your election.

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 19, 2022 - 06:34

lmao

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