South End Reconstruction on Roncesvalles: POSTPONED

UPDATE FEBRUARY 21ST, 2019:

Please take note that the South End Construction and the work to adjust the TTC ramps that was scheduled to start March 31st, has been postponed until 2020.

The email from Councillor Gord Perks below provides the details on this decision.
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Hello,

I just received the latest update on King- Queensway-Queen-Roncesvalles Project from Chief Engineer, Michael D’Andrea. Please find his email below:

As you know, in early February, the City issued the tender for the planned project at the intersection at King / The Queensway / Queen / Roncesvalles. This project included: sewer and watermain replacement, replacing the entire TTC overhead and track infrastructure within the intersection and west along The Queensway, Streetscaping, road and intersection works along the Queensway, rehabilitating the bridge over Parkside Drive, removing the right-turn channel at Queensway and King Street and overall intersection / road improvements within the area. Based on feedback received to date from contractors considering the tender, there are areas of construction and design that require additional review and clarity to ensure the construction delivery schedule and budget can be upheld and delivered according to plan.

As a result, the City of Toronto is rescheduling the delivery of this project to 2020.

Efforts are underway between several City Divisions and TTC to firm up the design, schedule, and tender and reporting to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee. We expect to provide additional information to all stakeholders involved (Parkdale BIA / Roncesvalles BIA / St. Joseph’s Health Centre) in April – with more details to follow for the residents in the area at a later date.

We understand that the wait and anticipation for this construction has been a long time coming; however, the City and TTC wanted to ensure that the planned construction will be delivered according to the plan, schedule and budget that works to mitigate traffic and TTC service impacts as much as possible. We look forward to meeting with you and stakeholders soon, to further discuss these measures.

I will continue to provide you with information and updates as they are received.

Thank you for your patience while city staff do the necessary background work to ensure the intersection work is done on time and within budget.

Regards,

Councillor Gord Perks

The Roncesvalles BIA will continue to update BIA Members and the community as we get the information

ORIGINAL POST FEBRUARY 13, 2019:
The TTC will be reconstructing the intersection at King / Queen / Roncesvalles / Queensway (KQRQ) this year. The construction will take place in three phases as outlined below. This is a joint project by the TTC, Toronto’s Transportation Services and Water Division.

Map showing location of construction planned for 2019 on and near the intersection or Roncesvalles Ave., Queen Street West, King Street West and The Queensway.

Overall Scope of work – Starting in April 2019

  • As part of the state of good repair work, the aging sewer and track around the intersection needs to be replaced
  • Relocating the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
  • Realigning the King Street West leg to create a better intersection angle and increase green space
  • Modifying / constructing street car platforms at Glendale Avenue
  • Continue the bump-out treatment on Roncesvalles at this intersection

As part of the Sunnyside Community Association area traffic study that was completed in 2008, the city will also be:

  • Modifying the signal at Glendale Avenue and Queensway
  • Adding dedicated eastbound – left – turn lanes at Sunnyside Avenue, Glendale Avenue, and The Queensway
  • Signalizing intersection at Sunnyside and The Queensway
  • Modifying the streetcar track vertical alignment (slope at Claude Avenue that will visually and physically enhance the existing right-in / right-out at Claude Avenue)

At the same time that the road is closed, the TTC will be modifying Roncesvalles Ave with small adjustments to the Bump Outs and Streetcar Platforms from Marion St. to Boustead Ave. so they are in compliance with AODA legislation and support smooth operation of the ramps on streetcars. March 31st to August 4, 2019.

Time Line

This work will take place in three main stages.

  • Stage 1: Roncesvalles (from Harvard to The Queensway / Queen Street West)
    • March 31st, 2019 to August 4, 2019
  • Stage 2: Queen Street West and The Queensway (Sunnyside to Triller)
    • August 4, 2019 to Winter 2020
  • Stage 3: The Queensway (Parkside to Sunnyside)
    • April 2019 to October 2019

Road Closures

  • Roncesvalles will be closed to Thru-Traffic (not local traffic) March 31 to August 4 2019
    • Grafton Ave Closed (Traffic must circulate using Laneway to Harvard Avenue
    • Access to Queen Street Laneway Closed
    • 1 Lane to remain open on Harvard Avenue at all times
    • Bump-out retrofit to coincided during this time
  • South Side of the Queensway (Parkside Bridge to Sunnyside) April 10 to August 4 2019
    • Access to Toronto Pump Station required at all times
    • Southside Parkside Bridge to coincide during this stage
    • Cross Over required at Colborne Lodge
  • Full King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles intersection closure August 4 to October 7 2019
    • Queensway to be local access only to Glendale
    • Intersection opens October 8 (All legs of the intersection open, reduced lanes East and West)

This project has been anticipated since the reconstruction of the top end of Roncesvalles that was completed in 2011. It will improve public transportation and realm, pedestrian environment, and traffic circulation in this area. The Roncesvalles Village BIA and Parkdale Village BIA will be working together to mitigate the impact of the construction on our businesses and their customers.

More details on each phase of construction will be provided as we approach the specific dates. There will also be a link for this project on Councillor Gord Perk’s and the City’s websites.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Councillor Gord Perks’ Office 
Ward 4 Parkdale – High Park at 416-392-7919, or by fax at 416-392-0398.
twitter: @gordperks  Facebook: @GordPerks

Sidewalk Café & Marketing Display Bylaw Review

Sidewalk Café & Marketing Display Bylaw Review: Public Consultation

From the City of Toronto:

“In addition to the presentation by Municipal Licensing & Standards and Public Realm at the Interdepartmental meeting on January 15, 2019, the general public will be invited to attend the City’s public consultation on the Sidewalk Cafés & Marketing Displays Bylaw Review on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 4, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of this review is to harmonize the bylaw so that consistent standards are applied across the City. As part of the review, the City is proposing updated fees, as well as new standards and options for marketing displays and sidewalk cafés (for example, curbside cafés and parklet cafés).

We are also writing to you today in hopes that you can help us promote this consultation among your network, who may be interested to provide their input. Please find below a short article for either your website or newsletter and sample social media posts that you can use to help promote this.

Thank you for helping us to raise awareness of this important event.

More information on the Sidewalk Cafés & Marketing Displays Review is available on the City of Toronto website.”

Please click here for more information

 

Get Ready For the Holidays on RONCY!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE RONCESVALLES VILLAGE BIA

—– GET READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON RONCY —–
HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS & ACTIVITIES ALL SEASON LONG
SPOT THE RONCY REINDEER HOLIDAY CONTEST
Throughout December…
Spot, Snap & Share a photo of a reindeer from a Roncesvalles shop window or winter garden for a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates.

Roncy Reindeer Contest

SPOT THE RONCY REINDEER HOLIDAY CONTEST

Tag it #roncyreindeer on Instagram and Facebook
Or send it to roncyreindeer@nullroncesvallesvillage.ca
For contest details visit roncesvallesvillage.ca/roncyreindeer

JOIN THE FAMILY FUN TIME AND COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING

Saturday, December 1 — 4:00 to 5:30 pm
at the Roncesvalles United Church
Roncesvalles & Wright Avenue

Want to be a part of the tree lighting? Head to the High Park Library and ask for an outline of our very own High Park library from the front desk; colour it in and add a reindeer or holiday decorations and lights to the picture and hand it back in. Add your name and number and you’ll be automatically entered into a random draw to select the one to help with the tree lighting Saturday, December 1ST AT 5PM at the Roncesvalles United Church!

Presented by
the Roncesvalles United Church, Scooter Girl, Home Smith, Sweetpea’s, Pollock Home Hardware and the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) with thanks to the West Toronto Community Choir