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October 9, 2013
Toronto City Council endorses community working group's vision for former Kodak Lands
Toronto City Council yesterday endorsed a report that presents principles reflecting a community working group's vision for the former Kodak Lands.

Council established the working group in May. The group, composed of residents of the York South/Weston area, was co-chaired by Councillors Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston) and Frank Di Giorgio (Ward 12 York South-Weston). The working group was established at the councillors' request to work with Metrolinx on a vision for the former Kodak Lands at Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue West.

Metrolinx, which now owns the property, had expressed the intention of using it to house a maintenance and storage facility for light-rail transit (LRT) vehicles servicing the Eglinton Crosstown line, a new GO station and a TTC bus station.

"The working group met several times since May," said Councillor Nunziata. "Residents made it clear that they want the proposed maintenance and storage facility to take up a small portion of the site, to allow for a wider range of uses."

In adopting the Chief Planner 's report, Council has agreed to ask Metrolinx to support the working group's principles and include them in any Request for Proposals for the design and construction of the maintenance and storage facility. The staff report outlining the principles can be accessed at

Building upon the dialogue between the working group and Metrolinx, Council will request that Metrolinx continue to be engaged with the working group process through the design and development phases of the maintenance and storage facility.

"This continued partnership has the potential to further the local community's interests in the revitalization of the Black Creek/Eglinton/Weston area," said Councillor Di Giorgio.

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