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Socio-Economic & Land Use Characteristics - Lakeshore East Joint Corridor

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Key Findings

  • Land use designations in the study area include parks, neighbourhoods and apartment neighbourhoods, mixed-use, core employment* and general employment** areas.
  • Existing built form within the study area is characterized as having mainly medium-density housing, such as townhouses, and single-storey retail plazas with surface parking.
  • During the early works activities, access disruptions, visual effects and nuisance effects such as dust and construction noise will be temporary and will be minimized 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., generally located on the peripheries of employment areas.

Metrolinx will be seeking feedback from the Riverside and Leslieville communities on the look and feel of the retaining and noise walls, as well as the landscaping strategies directly adjacent to the rail corridor.

This consultation is planned to be launched in late September 2021.

Land Uses in the Lakeshore East Joint Corridor Socio-Economic & Land Use Characteristics Study Area

Potential Effects & Mitigations

Potential Effects:

  • Potential for disruption to adjacent lands to accommodate early works activities.
  • Nuisance effects (i.e., dust, noise and vibration) and potential for light trespass, glare and light pollution effects 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).
  • Temporary or permanent relocation or removal of streetscaping materials, furniture, public art piece(s) and landscaping in the public realm.

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.
  • Construction lighting will be controlled or mitigated to avoid unnecessary and obtrusive light with respect to adjoining residents, communities and/or businesses.
  • Develop an air quality management plan to mitigate potential impacts of dust during early works activities (see Air Quality for further detail and more mitigation measures).
  • Develop a plan to manage noise and vibration during early works activities (see Noise & Vibration for further detail and more mitigation measures).
  • Reduce the visual effects of bridges, retaining walls and other permanent public facing structures 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.

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

Typical streetscape of the Riverside neighbourhood.
Source: Riverside TO, n.d., https:// riverside-to.com/ get-to-knowriverside/

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

Example of row houses in the Riverdale neighbourhood.
Source: Toronto Life, n.d., https:// torontolife.com/ tag/riverdale/

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