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Capacity Pressures Continue – Infrastructure and Community Services

The SERRA area is just one quadrant of the Y-E area and when you drive around and see all the construction, one wonders about the impact on our community services such as schools, on the Yonge subway Line (at rush hour) and on our physical infrastructure (water, sewage, electricity, etc).

Well, we think the cat is out of the bag .. there isn’t enough!

On school capacity, the TDSB has been communicating loud and clear for some time that they already are running out of school capacity, especially at the Eglinton Jr Public School, and now, Hodgson Middle School (and that is after only 15% of the planned developments in our area have been completed). It also appears that more families with children are moving into existing buildings in our neighbourhood.

If you are a frequent subway rider traveling to work downtown in the AM, you already know that on any given day, there might a delay getting to your work or school. Although further subway upgrades are promised, our calculations project that after the Eglinton Crosstown is completed and as more tall towers are occupied, we will see consistent congestion issues at most days, requiring a significant number of express buses to complement subway travel.

There are also persistent rumours of pending capacity issues for our “pipes and wires”. Senior management at City Planning have mentioned that Toronto’s de-industrialization created a lot of unused capacity of water, sewage and electricity infrastructure, but the wave of residential and office growth has taken up the slack.

So what is being done?

 

City planning and the TDSB are considering on a selective basis the request of hold provisions on construction of new developments (even after having approved their application).

In the meantime, the TDSB is looking to add a brand new primary school in the Eglinton area and at a minimum adding to or (partially) replacing Hodgson Middle School. The TDSB will shortly start constructing of a completely new and enlarged Davisville school (with a public Community Centre).

In the meantime, the TDSB is looking to add a brand new primary school in the Eglinton area and at a minimum adding to or (partially) replacing Hodgson Middle School. The TDSB will shortly start comstruction of a completely new and enlarged Davisville school (with a public Community Centre).

City Engineering has identified the need for a potential $100M plus upgrade of our area physical infrastructure, and the City transportation planners/TTC will shortly be asked to analyze how taxed our midtown transit rush hour capacity will become; and what short and mid term transit solutions are available (no new subway will magically show up in the next 10 years to relieve our worsening rush hour congestion).

ALL GOOD TOPICS TO QUERY OUR COUNCILLOR and SCHOOL TRUSTEE CANDIDATES ABOUT DURING THE FALL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS!!!

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