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November 17, 2003
City's Facilities and Real Estate division wins Brownie Award for development of 51 Division police station
The City of Toronto's Facilities and Real Estate division was among nine
winners of the Canadian Urban Institute's Brownie Award at the association's
recent 2003 National Brownfields Conference.

Winning in the Heritage/Adaptive Reuse Project category, the division was
recognized for the development of 51 Division police station on an historic and
contaminated site.

"People in the area are excited to see this development. They not only get a
new police station, but also a community room and other public amenities that
they can use," says Wayne Moss, Project Manager, Design Construction and Asset
Preservation. "This development benefits both the community and the

The facility, a heritage-designated structure at the corner of Parliament
Street and Front Street East, was once home to the West Gas Purifying House,
built in 1899. The main west house building and two ventilation shafts on the
north side are being retained and fully restored to provide a unique setting
for the police station, which will relocate to the new facility in the spring
of 2004.

The site was contaminated with metals, petroleum hydrocarbons and polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In order to use the land, a site-specific risk
assessment was done to minimize the disposal of contaminated waste.

As part of the site redevelopment, some contaminated soil was taken for
off-site disposal, stucco and asbestos roof tiles were removed and brickwork
was restored. Additional challenges were the buried infrastructure from the
former gasification plant, buried rubble, the discovery of undocumented
underground storage tanks and buried concrete footings from the original

The Canadian Urban Institute presents the Brownie Awards for leadership,
innovation and environmental sustainability in brownfields redevelopment across
Canada. Awards are open to both the public and private sector.

The City of Toronto's Facilities and Real Estate division shares the Brownie
Award with the Toronto Police Service.

Media contacts:
Randy Rason, Director, Design, Construction and Asset Preservation, 416-338-2737
Wayne Moss, Project Manager, Capital Construction Projects,



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