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October 8, 2002
Union Station Restoration and Revitalization: The Process and the Facts
  
Councillor Doug Holyday, Chair of Toronto City Council's Administration
Committee wishes to clarify and reiterate relevant facts with respect to the
Union Station RFP process. "The selection process for the proposals to
revitalize and restore Union Station has been designed to protect this
significant heritage gem," said Councillor Holyday.

The Process

· In July, City Council received a public presentation on the proposals for
Union Station. In that meeting, Council authorized staff to commence
negotiations with the Union Pearson Group to finalize a mutually acceptable
proposal to restore and revitalize Union Station.

· The procedural requirements of the Request for Proposals were fully presented
to the Administration Committee and City Council at in-camera sessions during
which Councillors received legal advice and provided confidential instructions
to the negotiating team.

· Financial details of what Union Pearson Group has proposed and the
instructions given by City Council must remain confidential to allow the City
to negotiate the best financial package.

· Once negotiations are complete, all aspects of the proposal will be made
public.

· There is no secret deal. No contract with Union Pearson Group has been
approved.

Additional Density/Air Rights

· No additional density (e.g. office towers) is permitted by either the
Official Plan or the zoning bylaw governing Union Station. Air rights do not
exist and cannot be included as part of any proposal. The redevelopment under
consideration renovates and revitalizes the existing Union Station. Any future
proposal to create additional density at the Station would be subjected to a
thorough and public planning process.

· In July, City Council gave firm direction to staff in-camera to preserve the
interests of the City and to negotiate an approach that addresses the
redevelopment of the existing station. Any opportunity to pursue additional
density in the future is to be considered separately.

Transportation

· Union Station is first and foremost a transportation terminal. It remains a
key component in the GTA's transportation network.

· Staff consulted with VIA Rail, GO Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission
at each milestone in this process. These stakeholders are fully involved in the
current negotiations.

· Union Pearson's proposal demonstrates a strong understanding of the
transportation demands at Union Station and a commitment to work with the City
and transportation operators to promote and enhance Union Station as a
multi-modal transportation hub.

Heritage

· Union Station is a designated National Historic Site. It is fully protected
under a Heritage Easement Agreement with the Government of Canada.

· All proposals must adhere to the principles set out in a Commemorative
Integrity Statement and heritage design guidelines specifically developed for
Union Station.

· Any proposed alterations to the heritage building must be reviewed and
approved by both the City of Toronto's Heritage Preservation Services and Parks
Canada.

· Union Pearson Group includes Jones Lang LaSalle, who have extensive
experience in the revitalization of heritage and other railway stations such as
Grand Central Station in New York City and Washington DC's Union Station, and
Fournier, Gersovitz and Moss, a highly regarded Montreal-based firm of heritage
conservation architects.

Next Steps

· On November 5, the Administration Committee will receive a progress report on
the negotiations to date and the proposed process for public input.

More information

· Additional information about Union Station is available at
http://www.toronto.ca/union_station/index.htm


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