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Toronto’s waterfront revival begins

Demolition completed on derelict area – 5,800 new homes, school, parks to rise

Excerpt of an article by Kerry Gillespie – Toronto Star

Today, an old cement block warehouse will come tumbling down on King Street, east of Toronto’s downtown.

The demolition of 15 other derelict buildings and dead factories between Parliament St. and the Don River will follow.

But this isn’t the end of a neighbourhood, it’s the beginning. From the rubble of this industrial wasteland the new West Don Lands community will rise.

Construction on the first homes and the centrepiece 17-acre Don River Park and flood protection berm are scheduled to begin next year and people should be living there by 2008.It’s also the first really big and visible step on the much larger project of revitalizing Toronto’s waterfront.

It’s been five years since the City, Queen’s Park and Ottawa unveiled a grand vision to remake 46 kilometres of Toronto’s lakefront into vibrant neighbourhoods full of homes, businesses, parks and public transit.

They committed $1.5 billion of taxpayer money, they created the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation — and they did a lot of talking. But until recently there’s been little to see.

Toronto Mayor David Miller, Caplan and John Baird, president of the federal Treasury Board and the federal minister responsible for waterfront revitalization, all plan to attend today’s West Don Lands kick-off event.

The province owns most of the land in the West Don Lands and it is paying $120 million of the $230 million cost to demolish buildings, clean contaminated soil, build parks and community buildings, create flood protection measures and develop the light rail transit line along Cherry St. (The city and Ottawa will split the rest.)

“We used to have urban planners from all over the world come and look at the St. Lawrence neighbourhood and use Toronto as an example of doing things right, and they haven’t done that now for decades and this is a chance once again to establish our leadership,” Caplan said.

The Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corp., tasked with turning the grand waterfront vision into reality, has been beset by delays, spiralling costs, government infighting and disagreements about the right mix of residential and business development and public green space along the waterfront.”The exciting part about this, besides building a new community, is taking a derelict downtown area that has been a wasteland and now being able to turn it into a location where people are going to want to come to live, to work, to play and to visit. It’s going to be a people place,” she said.

The West Don Lands project, 32 hectares (79 acres) straddling Front Street East between Parliament St. and the Don River, will be built in phases and is expected to take at least 15 years to complete. The first part to be developed is known as the McCord site at King Street East and Bayview Ave.

When complete, some 11,000 people are expected to be living in the West Don Lands and that will help bring in restaurants and shops that will also benefit other emerging neighbourhoods in the area like Corktown to the north and the Distillery District to the west, said Wilkey.

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