TORONTO — Representatives of three levels of government along with Chief of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation Stacey Laforme and CEO of Waterfront Toronto Will Fleissig gathered on Toronto’s Port Lands Jan. 11 to mark the start of construction on the Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling project, part of the Port Lands Flood Protection Project.
The work is being undertaken to create new water and stormwater infrastructure to stabilize the shoreline under flood conditions, prepare for development of a proposed Promontory Park and eventually enable construction of roads and transit infrastructure towards future development of the Port Lands, a media statement said.
The project involves the realignment of Cherry Street at Essroc Quay on the south side of the Keating Channel, where it meets Toronto’s Inner Harbour. New land will be created around the quay to allow for the realignment and construction of a new Cherry Street Bridge over the Keating Channel. Completion of the project is targeted for March 2020.
The project will be managed by Waterfront Toronto.
“The start of construction in Toronto’s Port Lands marks an important milestone in the city’s vision for a vibrant, clean Toronto waterfront. This is the beginning of unlocking the potential of our underutilized waterfront lands, protecting the area from flooding and supporting new places to live, work and play in Toronto,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in the statement.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform an underused resource in the heart of downtown. Flood protecting the Port Lands will make way for sustainable new communities that deliver affordable housing and job opportunities. This project will enhance Toronto’s resilience to extreme weather, while also restoring a natural environment for all Canadians to explore,” added Fleissig.