The Westboro Beach Community Association has asked local MP Paul Dewar to request the Department of Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC) let local residents’ access greenspace to be left vacant when the former CBC studio at 250 Lanark Avenue is torn down this summer. Mr. Dewar sent a letter to the Honorable Rona Ambrose in March making this formal request on behalf of the community.
SNC-Lavalin, the consultants managing the deconstruction project, said at the public forum that the large new green space to the west of the Graham Spry Building will be fenced and enclosed so that its use is restricted to Government of Canada employees working there. As this neighbourhood has limited green space, this restriction is of major concern to us.
WBCA asked Mr. Dewar to request Public Works and Government Services Canada to re-locate the positioning of the fence closer to the proposed paved lane accessing the back parking lot i.e. much further east. SNC Lavalin has no problem with the placement of the fence but they made it clear that it was not their decision but that of PWGSC, the de facto owner of the land.
See the attached "Graham Spry Demo Project Site Drawings" file for the full versions of the two drawings of the 250 Lanark Avenue property presented at the public consultation meeting Thursday March 17, 2011. Two resized pictures of the before and after views of the property are located below. The WBCA has filed an access to information request for a copy of the 2006 PWGSC study on the property at 250 Lanark Avenue where options for the property were examined.
Current Graham Spry building plan:
Future Graham Spry layout:The Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA) is pleased that Public Works and Government Services Canada will be soon be tearing down the vacant CBC studio and annex and replace it with green space. The WBCA understands from the public meeting held March 17 that all efforts are being made to minimize the negative impact of the deconstruction on the neighbourhood during the next six months.
See the attached file "Graham Spry Building Decomission Project-Description" from SNC Lavalin.