Here are my notes from the January 18 2010 meeting about the ongoing developments at the former Tower Automotive properties. Hosted by Castlepoint Realty Partners (the property owners / developers) and the South Perth and Sterling Rd. Residents Association at the Church of the First Born, the meeting was certainly informative and interesting. It attracted about 40 people from all around this community (guessing, I didn't count).
My notes are just quick points that I jotted down at the meeting. If you have any of your own comments or corrections, please feel free to reply below.
Note: You can view the huge versions of the images by clicking on them. The fine details may still be hard to read.
Tower Automotive Demolition
Tower Automotive Site Map
Tower Automotive Master Plan
- 158 Sterling Rd. properties (formerly Tower Automotive) purchased by Castlepoint Realty Partners in early 2008
- Original plan to bring Pinewood Studios here fell through, as Castlepoint and Pinewood invested in Filmport instead
- Demolition is ongoing, and is expected to finish no later than this Spring.
- 50-60% of environmental remediation is complete
- 25000 tonnes of soil removed and replaced with clean fill
- Most soil replacement is complete. Remaining remediation to be done on an ongoing basis with deep filters buried in trenches around property to filter out migrating pollutants.
- Most remediation is expected to be completed around the end of 2010, although no firm date can be given yet.
- Castlepoint has partnered with another company ("KVM?") who specialize in brownfield remediation
Development Goals, Ideas, Plans:
- The office tower building is to remain.
- Will attempt to retain the chimney stack and boiler room, but this may not be possible because they have to dig out contaminated soil
- Original plan was to keep industrial facade on North side of property along Sterling Rd. and Perth Ave., but this will probably not be possible for same reasons as above (need to dig out soil, etc.)
- "Still committed to creating a high-tech media-based business park in this facility".
- Mixed use: Commercial, various types of residential, ground-level walk-in businesses (retail, coffee, restaurants, etc.)
- Need to attract businesses that can afford to be in this part of the city
- Redevelop, but keep costs down
- Attract 3000 jobs to the area, with offices / loft-style offices
- When will construction start/finish? The tower is first phase, expected to start in in 2011 with occupancy in 2012
- Residential: 1500 additional people to live here
- Northernmost part of property (west side of Perth Ave.) to be residential, 3-4 stories, townhomes or stacked towns.
- Will there be "affordable housing"? No plans currently for subsidized housing, but will plan to be "affordable to own".
- Will family units be available? Yes, 2 bedroom plus den, 3 bedroom, townhomes, etc. available.
- Perth Ave. curve may be moved a bit farther south (see Master Plan image) to expand the public space on the north side of the Perth/Sterling intersection
- This expanded park would have underground parking available (pay) to local residents. 60 spaces on one level, possibly more levels to be used by businesses etc.
- Will try to make as many links to Railpath as possible (probably 2-3)
- Pedestrian bridges over railways: East side is probable and easy to do. West side not likely due to size of rail corridor, cost, and other factors. Bridge design would include ramps (not stairs) with switchbacks.
- Changes to the roadways would happen over 5-10 years, starting in 2011
- Will there be more traffic? Yes, as expected with more businesses and residents. A transportation and traffic management plan is to be done. With proximity to public transit (GO Train, subway, streetcars, buses, etc.) will encourage transit-oriented development.
- Former Moloney Electric building has been purchased by someone else. Not sure what their plans are, but it would likely require demolition and environmental cleanup.
- This was a first of a series of meetings. Next one will be more formal, with official representation from the City.
- The snacks were tasty.
All images provided by Castlepoint Realty Partners, photographed by Vic Gedris.