Ward 4 News

Councillor - Christine Billings

Sunday May 6th - 2012

May 4, 2012

A few community members have questioned the City’s decision to start infrastructure work related to a development site on the corner of Macdonell and Woolwich Streets.

Background:
Tricar developments purchased a brownfield site at the corner of Macdonell and Woolwich Streets, removed the existing buildings, is remediating the site, and has applied to the City to build an 18-storey condominium on the site.
On March 26, Council approved the relocation of underground water and sewer services from Tricar’s property into the Woolwich Street right-of-way to allow remediation activities to take place.
The City and Tricar are sharing the $875,000 cost of relocating the water and sewer infrastructure.
On Monday, April 2, City Council approved a brownfield grant to support Tricar’s plans to remediate the site.
City Council is scheduled to vote on Tricar’s proposed 18-storey development for the site on Monday, May 7.
Regardless of City Council’s consideration of Tricar’s application to build the 18-storey condominium, the infrastructure work is necessary to prepare the site for any potential development.

Spokesperson:
Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager Downtown Renewal  

Key messages:
City Council approved a grant for the remediation of a brownfield site at the corner of Macdonell and Woolwich Streets to make the property suitable for potential development.
Remediation of the site requires the City to move underground water and sewer infrastructure off the property.
Completing this infrastructure work does not oblige the city to approve a particular development; the City is helping to prepare the property and municipal water and sewer infrastructure for any potential development.
City Council has not yet considered a proposal from Tricar Developments Inc. to build an 18-storey residential condominium on the site. City Council is scheduled to vote on the matter on Monday, May 7.

Questions and answers:
Q. Who is cleaning up the site for residential development?
A. Tricar Developments Inc.
Q. Who is paying to relocate the underground water and sewers?
A. The total cost is $875,000. Tricar is paying $420,000 to have the water and sewer infrastructure removed from the property to the Woolwich Street right-of-way. The City is paying $455,000 to upgrade aging water and sewer infrastructure on Woolwich and Macdonell Streets and modify the road.
Q. If Tricar is remediating the site and helping to pay for moving the water and sewer services, does the City have to approve their condominium development?
A. No. City Council supported the remediation of the site, but has not yet considered the proposed condominium development.
Q. Is Tricar expecting the City to approve the condominium development?
A. Tricar invested in the property and has applied to the City to build on the site. They, like any developer, assume a certain amount of risk when investing in a property for development - that includes receiving the necessary regulatory approvals. City Council approved a brownfield grant to support remediation of the site, but has not yet considered the proposed condominium development.  
Q. When will City Council vote on Tricar’s proposed condominium development?
A. City Council will discuss and vote on the proposal during a public meeting on Monday, May 7. Community members and all interested parties are welcome to attend. To address City Council on this matter, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 519-837-5603 or at clerks@guelph.ca by 12 noon on Monday, May 7.
Q. Where can I find more information about the proposed development?
A. guelph.ca > quicklinks > active development files

Reviewed by:
Janet Laird, Executive Director, Planning, Building, Engineering, and Environmental Services
Colin Baker, Environmental Engineer, Engineering Services
Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal
Kate Sullivan, Mayor’s Communications Assistant
Heather Roseveare, Manager, Corporate Communications

Contact:

Ian Panabaker
Corporate Manager
Downtown Renewal
T 519-822-1260 x 2475
E ian.panabaker@guelph.ca
Prepared by:

Stacey Hare, Senior Communications and Issues Management Coordinator
Corporate Communications
T 519-822-1260 x 2611
E stacey.hare@guelph.ca

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Sunday May 6th - 2012

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Guelph crews put finishing touches on downtown CN Rail bridge
One-day traffic disruption Sunday, May 6
 
GUELPH, ON, May 4, 2012 – The City is preparing to complete some finishing touches on the new CN railway bridge arching over Wyndham Street in downtown Guelph.

The work will require a one-day traffic interruption on Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when Guelph Police will control traffic on Wyndham Street between Carden and Farquhar Streets. Emergency and Guelph Transit vehicles will be permitted to travel through the work zone.

Earlier this week the City opened this section of Wyndham Street after more than two years of construction. The road now includes new sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides, new lighting and landscaping, and a completely renewed railway bridge arching over the street. Minor landscaping and utility work will continue over the next few weeks.

This year, construction in the area continues as the City works with its partners to bring local, regional and national transportation together in downtown Guelph. The City is hoping to start renovations inside Guelph’s VIA Rail station in summer 2012 pending approval from the federal government.

With those renovations complete VIA Rail, Greyhound, GO Transit and Guelph Transit will operate out of Guelph Central Station on Carden Street.

Guelph Transit service is scheduled to move into Guelph Central Station on Sunday, May 13.

About the Wyndham Street construction project

The City hoped to replace the CN rail bridge, renew the road and re-open the street by the March 31, 2011.

Wyndham Street was closed to traffic between Carden and Wellington Streets when the City began replacing watermains and sewers and other underground utilities in fall 2009. The road was open from winter 2009 to spring 2010 when the City began replacing the 100 year-old CN railway bridge.

In 2010 the City found it difficult to obtain the necessary approvals to continue construction according to the original schedule. The City faced a number of challenges that delayed construction:

•    Obtaining construction approvals from CN Rail, Metrolinx, Rail America, VIA Rail took at least six months longer than expected.
•    At times, construction activity along Carden Street - Guelph Central Station and Market Square - created scheduling conflicts between these projects.
•    Creating a rail diversion to maintain VIA and GO train traffic made the project very complex.
•    Arrival of GO train service and Metrolinx’s plans to continue work in the area (completing railway track and platform, building a pedestrian tunnel and passenger drop off area) impacted the City’s original construction schedules and plans.

The federal, provincial and municipal government shared equally in the $ 8,400,000 cost of replacing the CN Rail bridge and completely renew Wyndham Street.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Stacey Hare
Senior Communications and Issues Management Co-ordinator
Corporate Communications
T 519-822-1260 x 2611
E stacey.hare@guelph.ca

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