Metrolinx Update: Eglinton Station & Views from the Sky

Metrolinx – Views from the Sky

Seeing is believing – from above.

With station construction well underway along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, residents and commuters see the construction hoarding and fencing at street level every day. To give everyone an opportunity to see the progress behind the fences, Crosslinx will be flying the corridor every couple of months.

Seeing is believing. Check out our first Eglinton Crosstown LRT fly over video to see clearly the largest transit expansion in Toronto history from above!

Construction Works at Eglinton Station

  • Over the week of April 10th, the second TBM, Humber, was successfully extracted from 20 metres below Eglinton.  Take a look at the video capturing the community’s reactions and thoughts about the TBM lift!  Now that the big pieces of the tunnel boring machines have been extracted, you’ll notice that the extraction site is still occupying the roadway and cranes are still in the work site.  There is some more debris and small parts to be removed, which will be completed over the next several weeks.  An update about the extraction shaft will be provided soon!
  • On to the next contract concerning station build work, crews have begun some Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) work for Eglinton Station. This work began in early April will continue for approximately 4-6 weeks.  SUE work entails crews drilling boreholes and the use of a vaccum truck to investigate where utilities are located underground for future relocation.  The vacuum truck can be quite noisy, but each borehole will take approximately 1-3 days to complete, so please be aware that any noise or disruption will be short-term.
  • Stage two utility relocation work has also begun for Eglinton Station as of mid-April and is taking place closer to the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton.  Because of this, the north-south crosswalk on the east side of Yonge Street has been closed .  In addition, the east-west crosswalk on the north side of Eglinton has also been closed, but a temporary crosswalk has been installed north of Eglinton Avenue on Yonge Street to allow for safe pedestrian crossing. This phase of utility work is expected to last until approximately early June.
  • Some overnight work has begun near Eglinton Station.  This is for the demolition of the former TTC bus depot located near the south west corner of Eglinton and Yonge, between Yonge Street and Duplex Avenue.  This work must occur overnight because the demolition will take place very close to the emergency exit for pedestrians for the subway, and so the demolition must be done when the tunnel is closed in the overnight period.  Work began on April 25th and since there are only the last few bus platforms that need to be demolished, this overnight work is expected to occur for only a period of up to two weeks.
  • Lastly, shoring work is expected to begin soon!  Shoring work, otherwise known as, support of excavation, will begin as early as the beginning of May.  Since the phase two utility work is going on concurrently and within the intersection, shoring work will begin in the former Salvation Army Church property at 7 Eglinton Avenue East, and will eventually move into the right-of-way when stage two utility relocation work is complete.  The shoring work is expected to last for approximately 6-8 months and will require the closure of two additional crosswalks at the Yonge-Eglinton intersection.  Please see the map below, which shows the lane occupancy for drivers as well as the crosswalk closures for pedestrians.  We understand that crosswalk closures at such a busy intersection may be inconvenient for folks, but this is done in the interest of safety.  We ask that drivers act courteously, and pedestrians allow for extra travel time to get around and do not jay-walk.  Also, for everyone to be considerate of those who have accessibility needs who are also navigating around in the large crowds.
  • Please also note that although the north sidewalk on Eglinton Avenue, east of Yonge Street is currently closed, the sidewalk will re-open next week which will allow for easier flow of movement on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East when the shoring traffic patterns are implemented.

Community Consultation – 537 Eglinton Avenue East

This application proposes to amend City of Toronto Zoning By-law to permit a 23-storey (72.6 metre) high residential building with a 7-storey base building that measures 23.1 metres in height. The proposal contains a total of 128 dwelling units and a total gross floor area of 9,073 square metres, resulting in a density of 16.58 times the lot area. A total of 37 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in two levels of underground parking. City … Read more

The Midtown Working Group asks local residents to support the new vision for Canada Square development.

A new Midtown Town Centre vision for the Canada Square site at Yonge and Eglinton has been developed by the Midtown Working Group and endorsed by Midtown Councillors Josh Matlow, Mike Colle and Jaye Robinson. This vision is a once-in-a-century legacy city-building opportunity on City-owned land, for what will soon be the second most significant transit hub – right in the middle of Toronto. The Town Centre will provide sorely needed education, childcare, affordable housing, … Read more

How to make a submission to City Council and Committees – Instruction Guide

We have had many questions related to how to make a submission to the scheduled meetings for Canada Square. Council and committee meetings are scheduled with a system called TMMIS that can be found on the City’s website or just type ‘TMMIS’ into Google search. So we have prepared a quick tutorial. Read the instruction Guide here  

The Future of Yonge and Eglinton’s Canada Square: Supporting Midtown Existing and Future Residents’ Quality of Life

City Planning has completed its Special Study Area Report with Guiding Principles following working group meetings with residents’ groups supported by an inter-Divisional staff team.   You can find a copy of the planning department’s report at this link: Get Report For Action   Next Steps The Zoning By-law Amendment application for the Canada Square site was submitted to the City on December 21, 2020. The community consultation process with the broader community was put … Read more