We are conducting a study of the lands bordered by Bathurst Street, Strachan Avenue, Wellington Street West, and the Metrolinx rail corridor. The study engages area landowners, residents and business owners to discuss the area’s mix of employment and residential uses, City Services such as day care and the works yard, the appropriate built form, transition and buffering of new developments, potential improvements to pedestrian, cycling and vehicle connections, enhancement of area park space, and the study area’s relation to the Fort York National Historic Site.
- Meeting #1 Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7pm – 250 Fort York Blvd, Blue Barracks (meeting notice here)
- Meeting #2 Thursday February 6, 2014, 7pm – Niagara Street Public School, Gymnasium, 222 Niagara Street (meeting notice here)
- Meeting #3 Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7pm – 250 Fort York Blvd, Blue Barracks (meeting notice here)
The study area is the site of several existing and former industrial operations. Lands at 28 Bathurst Street were formerly the site of a lead smelting operation, the lands at 677 Wellington Street West were formerly used as an incinerator, and lands at 89-109 Niagara street were formerly used for casket manufacturing. Lands at 2 Tecumseth Street are currently being used as an abattoir by Quality Meat Packers, and the lands at 701 Wellington Street are currently the site of a City works yard.
Several lands within the study area are owned by the City. Excluding right-of-way lands, the following City-owned properties are located within the Study area:
- 677 Wellington Street West – The currently non-operational Wellington Destructor, which is a listed heritage building and truck parking for Quality Meat Packers.
- 701 Wellington Street West – A City works yard and salt dome which provide services to a large portion of Downtown Toronto.
- 53 Strachan Avenue – Shelter housing and Community Gardens towards the east of the site, and the future southern extension of Stanley Park, currently the Metrolinx construction staging area for the Strachan grade-separation, to the east. The north landing of the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge will also be located on the future park lands.
- 28 Bathurst Street – The site of a City-run daycare and a men’s shelter. The southern portion of these lands, upon which a parking area is currently situated, are the subject of an employment land conversion request and development application by Build Toronto.
The objective of Bathurst/Strachan/Wellington Area Study is the creation and implementation of a vision that:
- Identifies the study area’s unique locational and heritage attributes,
- Ensures protection of existing City-services and the established neighbourhood,
- Provides a framework for new developments that will ensure an appropriate fit within the area context,
- Identifies opportunities for public realm and connectivity improvements,
- Provides for the ongoing operation of existing employment uses in a manner that limits impacts to residential uses within the study area, and
- Contemplates a land-use framework should major employment uses cease to continue operations within the study area.
- Other objectives may emerge over the course of this study
The October 15, 2013 Meeting
The initial Area Study meeting was hosted at the Blue Barracks at Fort York National Historic Site on October 15, 2013. Approximately 80 people were in attendance. At this meeting, City Staff lead a facilitated discussion and a group work session in order to define the strengths and opportunities within the neighbourhood.
At the October 15, 2013 meeting, the community noted the following matters as the most significant to be addressed through the course of this study:
- Protection of views to and from the Fort York National Historic Site,
- Restricting the size of retail uses to smaller format retailers,
- Providing for a built form which responds to the neighbourhood’s low to mid rise character through appropriate heights, massing and transition,
- Protection and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings,
- Protection, expansion and improvement of green spaces which facilitate the activities of both people and their dogs,
- Creating a new arts and culture node within the community,
- Addressing traffic, noise and odour issues related to the area employment lands, specifically Quality Meat Packers,
- Expansion of the cycling and walking path network, and
- Increasing the availability of day-care spaces
The above comments, as well as all other input received at the October 15th meeting and through communications with the community following that meeting, have been used to develop a set of Draft Guiding Principles to inform the vision and directions for the study.