I've started a petition calling on the provincial government and developer ChoiceREIT to include affordable housing in the development project planned for the future Gerrard Station on the Ontario Line at Riverdale Plaza.
Construction on the Ontario Line east of the Don River is set to begin soon. While it will deliver needed transit to our community and across the city, the impact of this construction will be felt here in Toronto-Danforth for many years.
Read my initial update on all of the transit projects and other major city work in our ward beginning soon.
Update: I've launched a petition calling on the provincial government and developer to include affordable housing for this project. Sign it here.
A 'Transit-Oriented Community' (TOC) is a business arrangement between Infrastructure Ontario and a private developer to increase density around future transit stations. Such an arrangement has been proposed for Gerrard-Carlaw North, around the future Gerrard Station on the Ontario Line.
I have been pressing Infrastructure Ontario and ChoiceREIT, the developer for this project, to add affordable housing and public realm improvements into the plan.
Metrolinx has located a suitable alternative site for the layover required for their GO Expansion program. Moving this layover facility to a light industrial area and out of the Don Valley ravine system is very welcome news.
I joined with my colleagues Councillors Ausma Malik and Chris Moise to start this subcommittee in response to concerns from residents and community stakeholders about Metrolinx's lack of public engagement and communication on construction impacts.