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GO Train station Guelph: Heritage Guelph won’t back down, Council to decide on April 26 on fate of GO kiss-n-ride plans and transit hub future

By shost at 8:16 pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

From the Guelph Mercury, which this article states:

http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/article/207300

“Heritage Guelph wouldn’t agree Monday to give its blessing to the demolition of an 1890 factory to make way for a “Kiss and Ride” drop-off area for GO Train patrons to be built at the site south of the tracks.”

The decision is due April 26 by Council.

If the GO park and ride does not get built — VIA rail will back out of plans to sell part of it’s land to the City for the transit station. If council does not vote in favour, all bets are off to both the transit hub and GO’s long term plans for the GO Downtown station, at least in the next few years.

As alluded to in this article, GO could consider an alternate station location (Lafarge is often mentioned, but are they serious about it?) if downtown plans derail, but we will find out on April 26.

I have just one question: Many cities, especially european are designed around Transit, and this is precisely what Guelph is trying to at least make up for with a multi-model transit hub. Heritage is important, but what is the greater good of the two? Do we want to live in a transit friendly future? Remember, moving the bus transfer point is fairly easy, but we cannot move the railway tracks.  This is the only chance we have to integrate all forms of inter-city and intra-city transit, let’s not goof this one up.

- Steve Host

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Comment by Tom West

April 15, 2010 @ 9:27 am

They shoudl stick with the location, but alter the plans to keep the building. GO’s K&R areas tend to be too large in my experience.

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Comment by erich nolan bertussi davies

April 23, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

http://twitpic.com/1hs7xy

they do not need to even use those lands, there is plenty of space adjacent to the site, and LARGE FLAT above ground tarmacs for parking and Kiss & Rides are totally silly..

we need to be more inventive and intelligent with our planing to include protection of heritage equity and prepare for a post auto urban environment..

should not sacrifice our past for convenience and ease of development.

enbd../

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Comment by shost

April 23, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

Erich,

Those lands also make a lot of sense, but they are not for sale. are they?

We can’t have our cake and eat it too, the Railway is downtown, surrounded by Heritage, and Council wanted the station downtown. It’s time to invent something and it may only be possible IF the designation is removed.

If not, Lafarge is looking better and better… at least 20 years from now a number of people will be out of their cars and we could design a proper downtown station by then. =)

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Comment by Michael D

April 25, 2010 @ 12:34 am

In this day and age, it is absurd to be levelling heritage buildings to lay down asphalt in the middle of a downtown with lots of surface parking.

Any lands are for sale if you really need them. And I don’t see what is inventive about knocking those buildings down.

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