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Socio-Economic & Land Use Characteristics - East Harbour Station

← Return to Early Works: East Harbour Station Draft Report

Key Findings

  • The project footprint is characterized as having multiple low-density industrial properties and commercial and mixed-use buildings with associated parking lots.
  • Land use designations in the adjacent lands include parks, neighbourhoods and apartment neighbourhoods, mixed-use, core employment*, general employment**, regeneration areas*** and utility corridors.
  • During the early works activities, access disruptions, visual effects and nuisance effects such as dust and construction noise will be temporary and reduced via appropriate mitigation measures (see Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures).

*Core employment areas contain businesses and economic activities such as manufacturing, processing, warehousing, offices, etc.

**General employment areas are places for business and economic activities such as restaurants, all retail types, service uses, etc., and are generally located on the peripheries of core employment areas. General employment areas also include all types of manufacturing, processing, warehousing, wholesaling, distribution, storage, transportation facilities, vehicle and repair services, offices, research and development facilities, utilities, and waste management services.

***Regeneration areas are primarily former manufacturing areas targeted for growth and development within Toronto and are encouraged to be developed as mixed-use places.

Land Uses in the East Harbour Station Socio- Economic & Land Use Characteristics Study Area

Potential Effects & Mitigations

Potential Effects:

  • Potential for land use and access disruption to adjacent lands to accommodate early works activities.
  • Nuisance effects (i.e., dust, noise and vibration) and potential for light trespass from early works activities.
  • Visual effects from permanent public-facing structures and early works activities.
  • Permanent and temporary property acquisition (property requirements will be confirmed as project planning progresses).
  • Permanent or temporary relocation or removal of streetscaping materials, furniture and landscaping in the public realm.

Existing rail bridge and Lower Don Trail in the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard early works study area.

View of the Lakeshore East and Richmond Hill rail corridors, looking west.
Source: https://goo.gl/maps/ LVDEaKYg5XTFR5pCA

Mitigation Measures:

  • Maintain regular (existing) access to businesses during working hours, where feasible. Where regular access cannot be maintained, alternative access and signage will be provided.
  • Develop a plan to manage air quality to mitigate potential impacts of dust during early works activities (see Air Quality for further detail and additional mitigation measures).
  • Comply with all local applicable municipal by-laws and Ministry of Transportation practices for lighting in areas near or adjacent to highways and roadways regarding outdoor lighting for both permanent and temporary construction activities.
  • Specific permanent property requirements associated with the early works infrastructure components and temporary property requirements associated with construction staging/laydown and access will be minimized to the extent feasible as planning and design progress.
  • Where possible, use equipment with low vibration emissions, provide smooth surfaces for trucks, and restrict construction hours (see Noise & Vibration for further detail and additional mitigation measures).
  • Reduce the visual effects of the station structures and the Eastern Avenue bridge by selecting appropriate building materials and architectural design.
  • Provide screened enclosures along early works site boundaries where necessary.
  • Provide temporary lighting and wayfinding signage around early works sites as required.
  • Provide clearly marked pedestrian and cyclist detours where required.
  • Following completion of early works, impacted lands will be restored to current City of Toronto standards wherever feasible. Temporary relocation or removal of streetscaping materials, furniture and landscaping in the public realm will be minimized to the extent feasible.

← Return to Early Works: East Harbour Station Draft Report