CHERRY ON TOP: A photograph of the newly-reconstructed Cherry Street. Photo courtesy Waterfront Toronto.
At the October meeting of the West Don Lands Committee, board members — including a representative from the Corktown Residents and Business Association — decided it was worth sending a message to elected officials in the provincial government regarding the continued closure of Cherry Street and Old Eastern Avenue. Construction on both streets has been largely complete for several months.
The letter below has been drafted to Minister of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure Brad Duguid. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Versions have already been sent by the WDLC and the CRBA. If you or your group would like to send your own message, you can customize the text.
The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
8th Floor, Hearst Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E1
I am writing as a resident of [street ]/on behalf of [organization] to request your assistance in expediting the re-opening of Cherry Street and Old Eastern Avenue, both of which have been closed for many months as part of the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
I/we are very supportive of the provincial strategy with respect to the revitalization of the West Don Lands, including the outstanding legacy that is being established through the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village. While I/we understand the complexity of construction within the Athletes’ Village, the prolonged closure of these two roads is pushing the bounds of patience for residents and businesses who have been adversely affected by the closure.
The roads in question have been physically complete for many months, but reopening of the roads has been bogged down in negotiations between your Ministry and the City of Toronto. Frustration is mounting as residents and businesses have endured many more months of inconvenience than was ever contemplated. As seasonal events drawing huge crowds draw near, such as the popular Christmas Market at the Distillery District, the sense of urgency for this issue to be resolved grows. It is entirely unfair to this community, which has patiently suffered many inconveniences over nearly a decade of construction on the West Don Lands and which will be expected to put up with even more disruption during next year’s Games, to be subjected to unnecessary hardship.
I am joining with many members of the community in asking that you meet immediately with the City Councillor for Ward 28 to iron out a firm strategy by which the roads can be opened in November. It is unacceptable that closure of the roads continues solely because of unresolved negotiations between the City and the Province. We are optimistic that your attention and intervention and that of the local Councillor can find a successful solution.
(I)(We) look forward to hearing that a meeting has taken place and that a workable and expeditious outcome is achieved.
Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change – email@example.com
Councillor Pam McConnell, Ward 28, City of Toronto – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Singbush, ADM Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure – email@example.com
John Livey, Deputy City Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
David Stonehouse, Director, Waterfront Secretariat – email@example.com
John Campbell, President & CEO, Waterfront Toronto – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Wilkey, Co-Chair, West Don Lands Committee – email@example.com
Larry Webb, Co-Chair, West Don Lands Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kara Isert, President, Corktown Residents & Business Association – email@example.com
Phylis Coles, President, Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for the support! We’ll keep you posted as news on this issue develops.