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City buys lot in the Landmark Centre for road extension, new park

The city has purchased a 1.94 acre property in the Landmark Urban Centre for the future extension of Sutherland Avenue and new park space.

On Friday afternoon, the city said $12.3 million from the Transportation and Park Acquisition DCC capital budgets had been used to purchase 1910-1960 Dayton Street.

This will eventually see Sutherland extended from Dickson Avenue to Dayton Street.

“This acquisition is a great opportunity for the City to advance public amenities to support a densifying neighbourhood and ensure it will become a vibrant and livable hub for residents and workers,” said Derek Edstrom, divisional director of partnerships and investments.

“The future extension of Sutherland Avenue and creation of a new park, will provide capital infrastructure to enhance the connectivity, mobility, and livability of this area, while also protecting and restoring a valuable greenspace.”

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Long-term plans for the Sutherland Avenue extension will include new protected bike lanes, transit access and wider sidewalks.

The land acquisition will also create a future park space, which will become the “principal” greenspace for the Landmark Urban Centre.

The city says this will provide opportunities for “passive and active recreation.”

According to the news release, a portion of the property contains a creek named ‘Ritchie Brook’ which currently flows through the property underground.

“One of the key considerations of the Capri-Landmark Urban Centre plan is to transform this creek into a natural asset by ‘daylighting’ the creek,” the city says in the release.

A news release says the land acquisition will enable the city to further key infrastructure improvements in the area, as laid out in the Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan, which was adopted in 2019.

Until then, the city says it will work closely with current tenants to maintain leases and rent agreements.

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