The City of Toronto has three planning studies underway that will affect Liberty Village, and they will hold a combined open house on March 1 for the next stage of the public consultation.
Dufferin Street Bridges
The south end of Dufferin Street has two bridges — one over the rail corridor, and one over the Gardiner Expressway. Both are in need of replacement, and future plans require a new design. This project had its first meeting last year, and now the City is back to discuss alternative schemes.
Projects related to this include expansion of the GO Lake Shore corridor, provision of clearance for electrification and connection of the streetcar system from Exhibition (East) Loop west to Dufferin. The streetcar extension is part of the proposed Waterfront West LRT line, although it is far from clear whether any of the alignments shown on the drawings for the bridge project would actually be built. The WWLRT is not exactly at the top of anyone’s list of transit projects, but whatever is decided for the new Dufferin bridges may preclude some of the WWLRT options.
New King-Liberty Pedestrian/Cyclist Link
The Georgetown rail corridor creates a long barrier between Strachan Avenue and the west end of the King Street underpass at Atlantic Avenue. With the redevelopment of lands to the north, current and future plans for lands to the south, this barrier isolates the two neighbourhoods from each other. Some crossings are now made illegally, but plans to increase the number of active tracks and the frequency of GO service will make this much more dangerous.
At the first open house last year, various alternatives were presented, and two of these were carried forward for detailed study. The results will presented at the March 1 open house.
Liberty Village New Street
A new street is proposed along the south edge of Liberty Village from just west of Strachan Avenue to Dufferin Street. This road would occupy what was originally planned to be the Front Street Extension, but as a purely local street.
The March 1 meeting will launch this project for comment.