NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ABOUT COMMUNITY REACTION TO STAGE 2 BELFAST YARD EXPANSION
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Editorial in the Ottawa Sun, Friday, May 19
Blog post in the Ottawa Citizen, Thursday, May 18
Article in the Metro News, Thursday, May 18
Article in the Ottawa, Citizen, Thursday, May 18
Article in the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun, Wednesday, May 17
Construction of the Maintenance & Storage Facility (referred to as the "MSF”) took place in multiple stages. As each stage was completed, the facility's uses changed over time as well.
STEP 1 - DEMOLITION - COMPLETED
Demolition of expropriated, vacant commercial buildings between 645 & 767 Belfast Rd. (on the north side) cleared the way for the Maintenance & Storage Facility (MSF) and connector track that links the facility to the LRT line (now called the Confederation Line). When the city went door to door at the end of June, 2013 with a Notice to Owner/Resident regarding Building Demolition and Commencement Confederation Line's Maintenance and Storage Facility, residents were told to expect a "low level" demolition, with minimal noise volume. The letter stated that "Impacts are expected to be minimal." Actual demolition work started the first week of July, 2013 and was completed on schedule by November, 2013.
STEP 2 - CONSTRUCTION OF A BERM - COMPLETED
Construction of an earthen berm — a visual and sound barrier between the MSF and Eastway Gardens homes that back onto it — was constructed in the spring of 2014 before construction of the MSF began. The berm was eventually sodded and treed, providing a shield between the MSF and residential properties.
STEP 3a - MAINTENANCE & STORAGE FACILITY (MSF) - COMPLETED
The Maintenance & Storage Facility (MSF) hosts the assembly, maintenance and operation of the city's Confederation Line cars. Sandwiched between the Via Rail line and Belfast Road, the 16 hectare MSF was constructed on the north side of Belfast Road, directly across the tracks from many Eastway Gardens homes. Work commenced in the winter of 2013 and was completed by the summer of 2015.
STEP 3B - CONNECTOR TRACK - COMPLETED
The connector track consists of a combined underground tunnel and an open "trench". Construction of the connector track commenced in the spring of 2014 and was finished in time for preparation in 2015 for the assembly of the city's 34 LRT cars at the MSF.
STEP 4 - LRT CAR ASSEMBLY - IN PROGRESS
Once construction of the MSF was completed in the summer of 2015, the facility began preparations for assembly of the city's 34 new Confederation Line electric-driven vehicles. Once these preparations were done, onsite train car assembly began in 2016 and will carry on throughout 2017. The MSF is expected to be fully operational by 2018.
Stage 2 - MSF Belfast Yard Expansion Documents
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This is a detailed view of the city's LRT Maintenance & Storage Facility (MSF) located in the neighbourhood of Eastway Gardens. Construction started in the winter of 2013 and was completed by late 2015.
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This view is of the city's site map showing the location of the LRT Maintenance & Storage Facility (MSF) located in the neighbourhood of Eastway Gardens.