01-10-2017, 07:16 PM
(This post was last modified: 01-10-2017, 07:18 PM by Drake.)
I'm not sure I follow. When I look at the map, I see the rail line will remain where it is and the proposed building has incorporated the rail's location into it's design. I also see a hotel between the proposed location and the river. Certainly if there was a flooding issue, the hotel would be at risk of this before the arena. The site currently has businesses on it and the "creek" is covered by a public building.
Are we looking at the same location
I used to be the mayor of sim city. I know what I am talking about.
Yes, we are. Since I'm currently living in Peterborough I can also look at the site itself in person.
The rail line issue is farther down the track. It's a dead end. The proposal in the article is train service through to Quebec City; unless they want the train to run down a dirt road between Havelock and Smith's Falls, they're gonna need to put down some new tracks. Toronto-Peterborough is fine but any farther is going to require cash.
My coworker's concern is that having it newly exposed will cause problems. The creek is covered by a lot of buildings, but presumably not having a roof will make it easier for the water to overflow.
I thought that VIA was considering using that routing for it's proposed rail upgrades or something? I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but there's a lot of discussion about it on the urbantoronto site.
I'd love it if they did, and it would be the easiest Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal route to upgrade considering Peterborough only has three trains a week in each direction, but it's going to take a lot of money. I hope they can accommodate rail deliveries to Quaker.
Any thoughts on the development itself?
Would Belleville and Kingston lose rail service, or does this mean additional trains so both routes are covered?
Not only does daylighting a creek not increase flooding concerns, it's a storm water management tool- the creek is now available for managing water runoff from adjacent sites.
I don't know enough about Peterborough to say whether that proposal is too ambitious, but it looks great and it would be pretty neat if only some of it materialized.