Construction of new Etobicoke Civic Centre to begin in February 2023.
Ontario Construction News staff writer
Long-time broadcaster and former voice of the Toronto Blue Jays Jerry Howarth joined municipal officials last week to celebrate the completion of the Six Points interchange reconfiguration in Etobicoke, a significant milestone in the continuing evolution of Etobicoke Centre as a mixed-use, transit-oriented community.
Three new street names were unveiled, representing local community landmarks, Indigenous language and Howarth:
- Adobigok Pathway: Adobigok means “where the alders grow” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). The Mississauga First Nation called Etobicoke Creek and the area around it “Adobigok”.
- Biindagen Trail: Biindagen means “enter”, “come in” or “welcome” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). This name was proposed as an encouraging phrase that welcomes residents to the new Etobicoke Centre.
- Jerry Howarth Drive: Jerry Howarth was one of the first sports broadcasters to refuse to use team names that were offensive to Indigenous peoples, bringing the issue to the forefront in traditional media.
SvN led the landscape and urban design for Six Points Interchange. Other team members include HDR Corporation, Moon Matz Ltd., LGL Ltd., and Multiview Archeoworks. Key features of the transformation include:
- Freeing up of 1.75 acres of land for parks and 15.5 acres for mixed-use development
- Public boulevards on all streets, including patio space and public art
- 526 new trees of various species and drought-tolerant decorative plantings
- 2,300 m of completely separated bike lanes
- 51 new street benches and 55 new planters
- Catch basin and storm water filtration system for boulevards
- Special pavement markings to ensure that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can co-exist safely
- Relocation of utilities to be underground
Awarded with 2018 RAIC National Urban Design Award, a 2018 Consulting Engineers of Ontario and a 2017 Toronto Urban Design Award, the Six Points Interchange will serve as a new civic centre located mid-way between Toronto’s international airport and downtown.
With roadway construction complete, space has been made available to provide new parks and generous boulevards, as well as housing, services for existing and new residents, and employment within the area.
Construction of a new Etobicoke Civic Centre, at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Kipling Avenue, is expected to begin in February 2023.
That project will include municipal offices, a city-operated community recreation centre, a public library, a child care centre, a civic square, a multipurpose Council Chamber and underground parking. Learn more here
Also, as part of the first phase of the Housing Now Initiative, two sites have been identified in Etobicoke Centre for new mixed-income housing, including new affordable rental units.
“It’s a proud time for everyone in Etobicoke Centre as we celebrate the completion of the Six Points interchange reconfiguration. With modern streets, wider boulevards, and accessible transit, the new Centre connects the community and attracts citizens as a destination. I am eager to see our Etobicoke Centre grow on this foundation with new homes, businesses, and services for residents,” said Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday.