Old Mill Basement Flooding Protection Program & other updates

I wanted to provide an update on the Basement Flooding Protection Program taking place on Old Mill. Like many of you, I too learned of this issue late last week.

In August 2022, my office was notified that this project would be delayed due to unforeseen construction impacts at the intersection of Bloor St. West and Old Mill Dr. What wasn't shared at that time was why.

Late last week, I was notified that the delay was due to an emergency rescue of a micro-tunnel boring machine after it had become entangled by some unforeseen underground infrastructure. The City's Interim Chief Engineer has assured me that at no time was the safety of residents or the community at risk.

The underground infrastructure that caused the entanglement were tie-backs in place from a previously approved private development and are no longer needed. The processes for tie-back mapping and shoring approvals are being reviewed.

I have asked staff to provide me with a weekly update on the activity and progress of this work. I will share these updates with you.

I also wanted to let you know that to help expedite the timeline for completion for this project, work will take place every Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm until March 25th 2023, weather permitting.

Please see the Construction Update Notice for more information and updated timelines.




In this week's newsletter:

  • Free Public Skating at the Coca Cola Coliseum
  • 1437-1455 Queen St W Pre-application Meeting
  • Parkdale Hub Meeting Presentation
  • Upcoming utility relocation work at Scarlett/St Clair/Dundas St W
  • Applications open for Pam McConnell Award

1437-1455 Queen St W Pre-application Meeting

STANFORD HOMES, property owner of 1437-1455 Queen St West, is holding an Online Community Meeting to share preliminary plans for a mixed-use development on this site.

Online Community Meeting Details:

Wednesday, March 22nd, 6-7:30 PM

Link to Join: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=eab350fb021334940dba996e939d3deaf

The meeting will be an opportunity to review a presentation by STANFORD HOMES as well as to ask questions and provide comments.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

Location of the proposed site: 

Parkdale Hub Community Meeting presentation

Yesterday, Staff from various City agencies and divisions came together to host a community meeting for the Parkdale Hub Project. The meeting was well attended by community members. Staff provided information and answered questions about Phase 3 of the project, including:

  • The re-zoning process and updates to the Demonstration Plan;
  • The replacement of nine rental units located in the Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre.
  • The addition of Parkdale Hub to the City of Toronto’s Housing Now Initiative; and
  • Next steps for the design and construction of the Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, and Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre.

The presentation from the meeting can be viewed here.

More information on the project is available at https://createto.ca/project/parkdale-hub/

Upcoming utility relocation work at Scarlett/St Clair/Dundas St W

My office has received notice of upcoming utility work taking place at Scarlett/St Clair/Dundas St. W. intersection.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. will start their gas main relocation on March 13, 2023. This work is a part of the various 3rd Party Utility relocation work planned at this location during 2023 and 2024. The utility relocations are required prior to Scarlett Road CP Rail Underpass Bridge Replacement and Road Network Improvements construction in Summer of 2024.

Please see the below for more information on the gas main work.

For more information on the Scarlett Road Bridge reconstruction work, please see the following link:


Pam McConnell Awards Now Accepting Applications

The Pam McConnell Award for Young Women in Leadership is now accepting applications! The award is open to young Toronto women, between the ages of 16 and 29, who demonstrate exceptional leadership, a commitment to social justice and inspire other young women. Applications are due by 11:45pm on April 3, 2023.

Please visit Pam McConnell Award for Young Women in Leadership – City of Toronto for more details and to access the application form.

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