Eglinton West LRT Station

Location
Toronto

Client
Toronto Transit Commission

Date
2011 to 2012

Overview

Located at the intersection of the Yonge-University subway line, and the southern terminus of the Allen Expressway; the new Eglinton West LRT Station will be one of the most heavily used and contextually rich stations along the proposed ECLRT. SvN completed the 30% Detailed Design submission for the urban, streetscape and landscape designs for this challenging project. The station will feature two new entrance and exit structures carefully integrated into the surrounding commuter parking lots in a manner that best preserves the potential for future transit-oriented development. Inspired by historic orchards that existed in the neighbourhood, a new sunken garden will ensure that below-grade areas benefit from natural light and landscaping. New north-south paths will integrate the station into the surrounding recreational trail network which includes the western terminus of the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail, the eastern terminus of the York Beltline Trail, and the Cedarvale Ravine network to the south. The new public realm is being designed to accommodate all users – cyclist, pedestrians, motorists and transit customers through the careful disposition of ornamental planting, lighting, street furniture, cross-walks, and permeable surfaces.

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Expertise

We provide comprehensive support for approvals under the Planning Act that includes: the creation of clear, high quality documentation for amendments to official plans, zoning bylaws and building codes; producing planning applications and planning rationale reports; and representing our clients at Ontario Municipal Board hearings.
We develop community sustainability plans, environmental management plans and climate change adaptation plans for public, private and non-profit sectors.We have focused extensively on the displacement and resettlement of communities affected by natural disasters, wars, conflicts and poverty.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We plan and design multi-modal transit hubs and corridors including station area plans, LRT corridors, transit stations and border crossings. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and the Allen District Urban Guidelines & District Plan.