The New Park Lawn GO Station

A new GO Station is planned for development at 2150 Lake Shore Boulevard West, formerly the Mr. Christie Cookie Factory site. The station will span both sides of the Lakeshore West rail corridor and Park Lawn Road in Toronto. It will serve as a stop along the Lakeshore West rail corridor, bridging the gap between the Mimico and Exhibition GO Stations.

Photo: 2150Lakeshore.com

The City of Toronto has recently completed the Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aimed at addressing current and future transportation challenges in the Humber Bay Shores area of south Etobicoke. This plan focuses on improving transportation infrastructure in the area, specifically within the boundaries of The Queensway, Lake Ontario, Legion Road, and Ellis Avenue. The local community has expressed considerable concerns regarding the proposed developments, particularly in relation to traffic, as the area undergoes substantial growth. 97% of east-west traffic that travels within the study area on the Gardiner Expressway, The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard consists of “cut-through” traffic, rather than people who live there.

During a public consultation meeting held on June 22nd, many people attended to voice their concerns about the proposed new public street and rail underpass between Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Blvd West. The increased traffic since Cirque de Soleil set up in the area has raised apprehensions already. The future plan for the development of an 11-hectare piece of land at Park Lawn and Lake Shore will include over 7000 units in 29 buildings forming its own self-contained community. Here’s a draft plan of the subdivision from the meeting:

2150 Lake Shore Development Draft Plan of Subdivision

These are the changes being proposed in the transportation plan by the city:

  • Street A: Two to four traffic lanes, wider sidewalks, uni-directional cycle tracks, tree plantings, and new grade separation under the rail line
  • Legion Road Extension: Two traffic lanes, uni-directional cycle tracks, sidewalks, tree plantings, and a new single portal grade separation under the rail line, as identified in a previous 2010 EA
  • Park Lawn Road: Two traffic lanes, wider sidewalks, uni-directional cycle tracks, curbside space for parking or loading, tree plantings, and modifications to Gardiner ramp intersections.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West: Dedicated transit right-of-way (Humber Loop to Legion Road), three to four traffic lanes, uni-directional cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, trees plantings, and potential Mimico Creek bridge widening
  • New North-South Street: Two traffic lanes, uni-directional cycle tracks, sidewalks, tree plantings, new grade separation under rail line and Gardiner Expressway corridor, and modifications to Gardiner ramps

Here are some of the design considerations for Street A, which is a key pedestrian connection and cycling route:

Here’s an update on the city’s project timeline as of July 2023:

You can provide written comments to the City of Toronto about this plan until August 8th, 2023. The final Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation Master Plan will then be reviewed and revised. To reach out, contact Katelynn Northam at katelynn.northam@toronto.ca or call 416-392-8833.

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