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May 29, 2008
Waterfront Toronto seeks partial removal of Gardiner Expressway
Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors will consider the partial removal of the Gardiner Expressway, ensuring that Toronto’s waterfront can continue to be developed to the highest standards. It will consider the matter at its June 12 Board meeting.

Waterfront Toronto, which worked with the City of Toronto to review and analyze the options, is recommending removal of the Gardiner from Jarvis Street to the Don Valley Parkway. Waterfront Toronto’s vision is to reconnect the city to its waterfront by developing a “Waterfront Boulevard” along the lake front. This approach balances public and waterfront benefits with financial viability.

“This is the most practical approach and offers the greatest public benefits,” said Mayor David Miller, a member of Waterfront Toronto’s board, “removing the eastern section of the Gardiner is an affordable step that will allow us to develop the East Bayfront, Lower Don Lands and West Don Lands properly while enhancing the public realm along Lakeshore and improving access to our waterfront. We have already seen what can be done.”

With Waterfront Toronto Board approval, the preferred option will be submitted to the City’s Executive Committee before it is sent to City Council for a final decision.

Following Council approval, a full Environmental Assessment will be undertaken before any work begins.

Waterfront Toronto will hold a briefing for the media concerning this recommendation on May 30 at 11:30 a.m. in its office at 20 Bay Street, 13th floor.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Stuart Green, Mayor’s Office, City of Toronto, 416-338-7119
Marisa Piattelli, Waterfront Toronto, 416-214-1476



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