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2150 LAKESHORE BOULEVARD WEST

Humber Bay Shores is one of Toronto’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods and has undergone significant growth over the last several decades, with its attractive waterfront location and access to the downtown core. The 2150 Lake Shore Blvd. W. site, formerly the Mr. Christie’s Factory, is the last remaining undeveloped parcel of land within this neighbourhood.  The project team envisioned the site as a dynamic transit-oriented, mixed-use neighbourhood with high-quality urban design considering present and future community needs, including the potential for a new transit hub. 

BA Group is part of the Master Plan team for the site, involved with the advancement of the Master Plan from a transportation perspective.  The Master Plan was developed to understand that transportation advancement is the key to unlocking the potential to create an integrated, active, and attractive community in southwest Toronto.  

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The proposed Master Plan delivers approximately 7,000 new residential units, 65,000 sq. metres of employment uses, about 36,000 sq. metres of retail space, 8,200 sq. metres of community space, and two new elementary schools (TDSB & TDCSB).

BA Group’s transportation study focussed on the proposed transportation infrastructure and operational initiatives that support non-automobile travel options for prospective residents, employees, patrons, and visitors to the site.  The study demonstrated appropriate management of vehicular needs for the development and surrounding area and effectively meeting increased travel demands with the major transportation infrastructure deliverables proposed in the Master Plan. 

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BA Group’s transportation input centred around four major themes in this development:

  1. Advancing and providing “real” transit travel opportunities to the area and the creation of a new integrated GO/TTC transit hub;
  2. Addressing and improving current traffic congestion challenges in the area in a way that responds to the current level of tidal commuter motorist use of the area street system as an alternate to the Gardiner Expressway corridor;
  3. Implementation of excellence across a street and public realm network that creates a genuinely walkable, pedestrian first community that seamlessly integrates adjacent developed/developing areas within Humber Bay Shores and beyond to maximize active transportation and the potential for walking and cycling as primary modes of travel for short local trip-making; and
  4. Creation of a Master Plan and development program formed as an integral part of every step of its planning – on a commitment to provide high-quality, sustainable mobility options serving the development and the growing broader Humber Bay Shores community - to minimize the reliance upon automobile usage and reduce related traffic impacts.

Key underpinning elements of the Master Plan from a mobility and transportation perspective included:

  • the delivery of the Park Lawn GO train station on the Lake Shore West GO line;
  • the realignment of the TTC 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore Streetcar and surface transit services to deliver an integrated and central mobility hub; and,
  • the delivery of the Relief Road arterial corridor and the relocation of the Gardiner Expressway access ramps.

BA Group’s involvement with the project included:

  • identification of challenges and opportunities within the transportation network;
  • the functional design of the road network;
  • creation and design of complete main streets to support the proposed development and to ensure integration within the new neighbourhood;
  • review of the proposed street connections from a pedestrian and cyclist safety perspective;
  • development of a responsive vehicular access system including the delivery of an integrated loading and parking facility below-grade plan to enable better urban design and pedestrian environment at grade; and,
  • traffic operations and transportation assessments to ensure that multi-modal travel is facilitated and that assessments indicate intersection performance.

A detailed micro-simulation assessment of the network operations was developed, which integrated the proposed area network improvements and new site traffic activity generated by the Master Plan and area developments. This level of detail provided a wide range of network performance measures and confirmed the adequacy of the proposed network to accommodate future traffic demands appropriately.

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