1.6. The community finds out about the Concept Design proposed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, to place a complex traffic hub on the ORC greenland and adjoining lands on the south side of Highway 7.
Since no answers, explanations or detailed information were forthcoming from either the Streetscape Committee or Provincial Minister Duguid, the Concord West Seniors Club sought the help of MPP Peter Shurman. The latter arranged for a meeting (July 23, 2010) with Robb Minnes, the Project Manager of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in charge of the 407 Transitway Project. At that meeting, the community was provided with a Concept Design that shows the detailed occupation that is planned for the ORC greenland and adjoining lands on the south side of Highway 7 (see Figure 3). The Concept Design is a one page lay-out that is part of a pdf (found at http://www.lgl.ca/407Transitway/documents/FINAL PIC 2 Panels STATIONS_June 28 2010.pdf, per the indication of George Ivanoff on September 20, 2010) containing various one page lay-outs of the stations to be built as part of the 407 Transitway Project.
In essence, the Concept Design proposed by the OMT has the following main features, shown in Figure 4:
• The existing railway line bordering the Concord West community to the east would become a two-track line to accommodate northbound and southbound GO trains.
• The entire eastern border of the Concord West community would be spanned by a GO station (shown in red, Figure 4).
• Immediately adjoining the GO station, there would be a parking lot for >1,000 cars, connected with a Viva bus stop and a drop-off and pick-up bay (shown in stapled black lines, Figure 4).
• Immediately to the east of the southeast corner of the Concord West community, there would be a rapid-bus Metrolinx station (see Metro Trans Station in Figure 4).
• A rapid-bus road or transitway would connect this Metrolinx station to the east and west, with the eastern path of this bus transitway (lines shown in green in Figure 4), substantially deviating from the path of Highway 407, to cross over the ORC greenland under petition and, as well, private land to be acquired by the OMT or OMI, if need be by expropriation. Part of the bus transitway route over these lands would be an elevated overpass.
• An elevator complex (shown in purple, Figure 4) would be placed at the southeast corner of the Concord West community, at the end of the existing Southview Park, to link the Metrolinx and GO stations.
• A wide road would be created north and south of Highway 7 (denoted in Figure 4 as “#7 extensions”, in blue lines), intersecting the latter and again occupying part of the ORC greenland as well as private land to be acquired by the OMT or OMI, if need be by expropriation. The apparent purpose of the northern branch of this new road would be to connect the so-called Concord Corporate GO Centre – to be located on the Concord Floral Lands on the north side of Highway 7 – with Highway 7. The apparent purpose of the southern branch of this new road would be to connect the said Concord Corporate GO Centre and Highway 7 to the parking, bus and drop-off facilities of the GO station parking lot.
• Also shown in Figure 4 is a bus service, maintenance and emergency area (solid beige, Figure 4) that roughly corresponds to the area shown in pink in Figure 3, and occupies what at present are privately owned lands.
• Finally, the Design Concept also proposed to place an underground tunnel crossing the railway tracks at the end of Rockview Gardens (solid black trace in Figure 4). However, this was not designed to permit access by Concord West residents to the ORC greenland in question, since the latter effectively would be paved over by a parking lot, roads and a Metrolinx station; instead, the effective result (albeit unstated) of this underground tunnel, in the context of the Design Concept, would be to turn Rockview Gardens into another pick-up and drop-off point for the projected GO station. It was a tainted gift.