The Government of Ontario has proposed that lands they plan to acquire for station entrance buildings on the Ontario Line at Exhibition, King/Bathurst and Queen/Spadina stations will be redeveloped to increase transit demand at these locastions.
For a description of the stations sites, please see my previous article Ontario Line West Segment Update. The site plans are included here to put the proposed developments in context.
In the station building renderings, the eagle-eyed readers will note the variation (including the complete absence in some cases) of the “standard” Metrolinx “T” symbol. On the Crosstown line, it has been rendered at a size where it almost disappears, whereas here, in some drawings, it is on a similar scale to the “T” found at the MBTA stations in Boston.
All of the designs shown here indicate the general form (albeit not the height) of what Ontario would like to see, and everything is subject to change.
All renderings from Ontario Proposes New Transit-Oriented Communities Along Ontario Line.
This view of Exhibition Station looks west showing new development on the lands north of the station. There is a new road, effectively an extension of Front Street, just north of the rail corridor. Next comes an island platform for the Ontario Line, and then the first of three GO Transit platforms. The northernmost GO track has an across-the-platform transfer the eastbound Ontario Line track. Other GO platforms and the TTC streetcar line are out of frame to the left in this rendering.
This view looks northeast at Dufferin Street with the Exhibition Station platforms visible in the distance. The Ontario Line’s tail tracks extend to Dufferin Street and then come the GO Transit tracks. The proposed streetcar extension from Exhibition Loop to Dufferin Street is out of frame to the right of and below this rendering.
The proposal breaks the development into two segments with a north-south courtyard between them. Whether this is what actually gets built remains to be seen.
This view looks east at Jefferson Street.
This view looks east on King at Bathurst Street. In the proposal, the existing buildings (or at least their façades) would remain with new buildings above.
Looking northeast across Bathurst and King.
Looking southeast across Bathurst and King. The indistinct building at the right edge of the rendering is the Wheat Sheaf Tavern which is intended to remain.
The station entrances at Queen/Spadina will be on diagonally opposite corners. As at the other stations, the intent is to retain the existing façades and build above. Here is the northeast corner.
This view looks south on the east side of Spadina to Queen.
This is the southwest corner of Queen and Spadina. The new building’s podium retains the red brick of the classic old city buildings, but in a new structure.