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Former Kodak Lands Update - November 19, 2015

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An update on the Former Kodak Lands, which would become a maintenance and storage facility for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

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Former Kodak Lands Update - November 19, 2015

  1. 1. 1 EGLINTON CROSSTOWN UPDATE: FORMER KODAK LANDS CURRENT PLAN Metrolinx – Crosslinx Community Update November 19, 2015 | Open House LEF 116 Industry Street
  2. 2. 22 Overview: Context
  3. 3. 33 Mount Dennis Station Reference Design Concept
  4. 4. 44 Former Kodak Lands: Reference Design Concept
  5. 5. 55 Overview: 9 Guiding Principles 1. The design and development of the EMSF are to consider a broad range of uses on the lands, beyond the functional requirements and technical EMSF components. 2. A development approach that minimizes the footprint of the EMSF, while identifying and maximizing areas of potential development. 3. Establish an agreed upon engagement protocol with community members. 4. Propose a phased-approach to the intensification of lands allowing for a broad range of uses on lands identified in later phase(s) that demonstrates under what conditions and general timeframe that additional development can occur. 5. Acknowledge that the stable Employment Lands along Industry Street to the north and west of the former Kodak lands are to be protected and sensitive (residential and non- residential) uses that will not negatively impact the Employment Areas. 6. Apply innovative approaches to the design and engineering of the Eglinton West frontage with respect to grade differences and site access. 7. Ensure that the EMSF lands will be connected to and supportive of the nearby green space, employment lands, established residential communities and the commercial main streets surrounding the site. 8. Adopt design excellence for all aspects of the proposed development. 9. Respect and protect the heritage attributes of the Scotiabank Building and former Kodak No. 9 Building.
  6. 6. 66 Principle 1:A broad range of land uses 1. The design and development of the EMSF are to consider a broad range of uses on the lands, beyond the functional requirements and technical EMSF components.  Former Kodak lands provide an opportunity to introduce a broad range of uses  Potential to make a destination for Torontonians  Uses could include: office, retail, community, and civic uses  New uses should be made compatible to EMSF operations through mitigation measures
  7. 7. 77 Principle 1:A broad range of land uses Metrolinx, in consultation with the City and community groups, would consider other possible uses on the lands for future development— which would not adversely impact the ongoing EMSF operations.
  8. 8. 88 Principle 2:Maximizing development potential 2. A development approach that minimizes the footprint of the EMSF, while identifying and maximizing areas of potential development.  Former Kodak lands present a significant opportunity for re-development and intensification, given the level of public investment and size  Station and EMSF facilities should be designed to minimize the footprint of the facilities to optimize the size and location of unused lands for future development  The design should also accommodate the functional requirements for multi-modes of public transit
  9. 9. 99 Principle 2:Maximizing development potential The layout of Mt. Dennis Station and EMSF will optimize redevelopment potential by locating elements where they will preserve opportunities for new development and support additional phased intensification if and when the ECLRT is extended to the west.
  10. 10. 1010 Principle 2:Maximizing development potential CTS’s design has shifted the bus terminal to the north of the former Kodak No. 9 building. This shift helps preserve a large, visible redevelopment site, east of the former Kodak No. 9 building capable of accommodating office/ commercial development overlooking Eglinton Avenue West with direct access to/ from Photography Drive. With a more compact Bus Terminal design, the potential future development along Eglinton West and Photography Drive frontage is larger than that of previous conceptual plans.
  11. 11. 1111 Principle 2:Maximizing development potential The EMSF component has an overall footprint that is more efficient than previous conceptual plans.
  12. 12. 1212 Principle 2:Maximizing development potential The LRV (train) circulation and storage track area is smaller than previous conceptual plans.
  13. 13. 1313 Principle 2:Maximizing development potential The reduction in footprint of the EMSF would result in having additional land area available for future development located at the corner of Industry St. and Ray Ave.
  14. 14. 1414 Principle 3: An established engagement protocol 3. Establish an agreed upon engagement protocol with community members.  CTS would benefit from consulting and engaging with the community as a whole, including identified community representatives, City staff and the local community Councillors Approach to Principle 3  In June 2014, a presentation was made by the City and the Mt. Dennis Community Groups to each of the RFP Proponents.
  15. 15. 1515 Principle 4: A phased approach to intensification 4. Propose a phased-approach to the intensification of lands allowing for a broad range of uses on lands identified in later phase(s) that demonstrates under what conditions and general timeframe that additional development can occur.  Should Metrolinx determine that lands identified in later phase(s) are no longer needed for functional and technical EMSF components, these lands could accommodate a broad range of additional uses  Areas of potential redevelopment should be identified and demonstrate potential revitalization  Proposed densities for future development should take into account the multiple modes of public transit that will be accessible to the lands
  16. 16. 1616 Principle 4: A phased approach to intensification When the ECLRT is extended further west, it is possible to minimize the bus terminal and free up land for additional uses. Once the bus terminal is compressed, along with the relocation of parking facilities, this allows for added lands north-east of the former Kodak No.9 Building for redevelopment facing onto Photography Drive, dependent on the final layout of the site.
  17. 17. 1717 Principle 5: Protect stable employment lands 5. Acknowledge that the stable Employment Lands along Industry Street to the north and west of the former Kodak lands are to be protected, and sensitive (residential and non-residential) uses will not negatively impact the Employment Areas.  The EMSF will employ between 300-350 employees, thus the lands and immediate area are an important employment generator  The former Kodak lands and surrounding lands to the north and west are currently designated Employment Areas and play an important role in the City’s economy by providing quality jobs to residents  Any development beyond the functional and technical EMSF components is not to adversely impact the economic viability of the nearby employment lands or negatively affect the operation of the existing industry  Any proposed uses close to the employment lands are to be compatible with existing and permitted industrial uses
  18. 18. 1818 Principle 5: Protect stable employment lands Employment Areas
  19. 19. 1919 Principle 5: Protect stable employment lands The LRV track footprint is reduced which creates an additional redevelopment opportunity in the north-west corner of Ray Avenue and Industry Street. Development in this area will strengthen the relationship between the Black Creek Business Area and Mt. Dennis community west of the business area along Ray Avenue.
  20. 20. 2020 Principle 5: Protect stable employment lands The landscape design for the EMSF helps reinforce the business campus setting along Industry Street creating a more attractive public realm adding value to the area as a place to do business.
  21. 21. 2121 Principle 5: Protect stable employment lands The decorative fencing also allows for views through the landscape buffer providing street trees, native shrubs, and meadow grasses planted along the fence to enhance the view along Industry Street.
  22. 22. 2222 Principle 6: Innovative approaches to design 6. Apply innovative approaches to the design and engineering of the Eglinton West frontage with respect to grade differences and site access.  The former Kodak lands are situated at a substantially higher elevation than the existing Eglinton Avenue sidewalk  Any redevelopment of the lands along Eglinton should incorporate this consideration into the overall development concept  The EMSF and LRT line should be designed in a manner that would provide for and not preclude the future development of the Eglinton Avenue frontage.
  23. 23. 2323 Principle 6: Innovative approaches to design By raising the platform level of Mt. Dennis Station to street level, and replacing the long existing concrete retaining wall with a transparent building wall, passengers and pedestrians will have views in and out of the Station to the street, contributing to both an enhanced passenger experience and to public safety. This will help expedite urbanization of Eglinton Avenue by making it pedestrian and cycling friendly.
  24. 24. 2424 Principle 6: Innovative approaches to design A green wall adds to the ravine landscape and softens interior spaces of the station, while providing a landscape feature viewable from the street and from the LRT mainline.
  25. 25. 2525 Principle 6: Innovative approaches to design Straighter and shorter lead tracks from the mainline to the EMSF allowed the shifting of the bus terminal, as well as the reduction of the EMSF yard area –both initiatives resulted in freeing up land for transit oriented development along the Eglinton West frontage.
  26. 26. 2626 Principle 7: Connected and supportive of nearby uses 7. Ensure that the EMSF lands will be connected to and supportive of the nearby green space, employment lands, established residential communities and the commercial main streets surrounding the site.  As a master planned 58-acre site, the EMSF lands have the potential to provide connections that did not previously exist through the site  By connecting and enhancing the existing transportation, cycling, and pedestrian network; the development of the former Kodak lands has the potential to become the catalyst for revitalization of the Black Creek / Eglinton / Weston area
  27. 27. 2727 Principle 7: Connected and supportive of nearby uses The available land along the Eglinton Ave. frontage, in combination with the No Frills site south of the Station will strengthen Photography Drive as an important community connection and bridge the gap between Mt. Dennis Station and areas south of Eglinton Avenue.
  28. 28. 2828 Principle 7: Connected and supportive of nearby uses A multi-use path is provided along the north side of Eglinton, allowing for pedestrian and cycling connections between the neighbourhood west of Mt. Dennis Station to Black Creek and Keelesdale Park. This path will eventually connect to the new City Community Centre at Black Creek Drive/Eglinton.
  29. 29. 2929 Principle 7: Connected and supportive of nearby uses Street Level – Multi-use path
  30. 30. 3030 Principle 7: Connected and supportive of nearby uses Connection to Black Creek Drive
  31. 31. 3131 Principle 7: Connected and supportive of nearby uses CTS have configured one of the storm water ponds in a way that allows for the future extension of Photography Drive, going over the lead-in tracks and connecting to Todd Baylis Boulevard.
  32. 32. 3232 Principle 8: Design Excellence 8. Adopt design excellence for all aspects of the proposed development.  Design employed by qualified and renowned architects and urban designers  Consultation with Toronto’s Design Review Panel  Excellence in design includes the application of sustainable elements
  33. 33. 3333 Principle 8: Design Excellence The roof of the EMSF as the fifth building elevation—a pleasant green vegetated surface softening views from above. The mass of the Maintenance Building is centralized inside the track layout, in the northern portion of the site, and from all perspectives will reduce the facility’s impact from both street level and high rise views.
  34. 34. 3434 Principle 8: Design Excellence The EMSF functions are compact and set back from the street in a strategy that minimizes operational activities on the street and visually links the greenbelt at Black Creek. This softens the industrial edge and provides a naturalized amenity for employees of the EMSF and surrounding buildings.
  35. 35. 3535 Principle 9: Respect & protect heritage attributes 9. Respect and protect the heritage attributes of the Scotiabank Building and former Kodak No. 9 Building  The Scotiabank and former Kodak No. 9 building have been identified by community members and City staff as local landmarks with cultural heritage value.  The buildings should be conserved within any future development or civic squares  Any development adjacent to these properties should respect the heritage values of the buildings  CTS shall be consulted on any Council decisions pertaining to the lands and buildings
  36. 36. 3636 Principle 9: Respect & protect heritage attributes  CTS’s design solution allows these local landmarks to remain in place.  The design makes the former Kodak No. 9 Building the focal point of the site.
  37. 37. 3737 Principle 9: Respect & protect heritage attributes From street level, the building visibly maintains a historical reference to the former activities on the site.
  38. 38. 3838 Principle 9: Respect & protect heritage attributes The ground level of the former Kodak No.9 building serves as a transit hub between GO, the bus terminal, PPUDO, taxi stands, and the main entrance to Mt. Dennis station.
  39. 39. 3939 Principle 9: Respect & protect heritage attributes The Scotiabank building on the edge of the main entrance is maintained with a connecting Urban Plaza/ Parkette as a community amenity.
  40. 40. 4040 Approach: Back Up Power Facility
  41. 41. 4141 Back-up Power Facility :Easterly View
  42. 42. 42 Back-up Power Facility: Westerly Aerial view
  43. 43. 4343 Back-up Power Facility: Southern View
  44. 44. 4444 Back-up Power Facility: Westerly View from Ray Avenue
  45. 45. 4545 Approach: GO/UPE Connections GO Ticketing area is open and has direct visibility and transparency from PPUDO and vertical circulation to the GO Transit platform, ECLRT platform and bus terminal.
  46. 46. 4646 Approach: GO/UPE Connections Platforms are open, clutter free, and incorporate accessibility features (including ramps and elevators) to allow for maximum passenger circulation and full access to and from the UPE, GO, and the ECLRT.
  47. 47. 4747 Approach: GO/UPE Connections The UP Express platform allows transition and accessibility between GO Transit platform and UP Express platform.
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