We are building a new GO Station at Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West, in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood. The new station will be at the heart of a transit hub connecting GO Transit customers to the UP Express to the airport, as well as to TTC buses and the Eglinton Crosstown (TTC’s future Line 5).
Mount Pleasant will be the western-most stop on Line 5, which will stretch 19 kilometers to the east of Kennedy, with 23 stops in between. The station will offer bike storage, as well as a pick up and drop off area for customers.
The station will be built as part of the Eglinton Crosstown project which is expected to start in late 2016. The Crosstown is expected to open for service in 2021.
The first step to this project will be to relocate the former Kodak building at 3500 Eglinton Avenue West. The Kodak building will be preserved and will become one of three entrances for the future Mount Dennis Station. Moving the building is an early milestone in the progress of the Mount Dennis Station construction, and at 3,000 tonnes, it presents a unique and complex engineering challenge.
About the Kodak building:
Built in 1939, the Kodak building is the only remaining building on site, sitting at four storeys high, 11,000 square feet, weighing more than 3,000 tonnes. The building was not used as a manufacturing facility, but rather served as an employee recreation building, and has been vacant since 2005.
Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) has excavated and separated the building from its foundation and is moving it 200 feet on steel girders. When the move is complete, CTS will demolish the foundation, excavate the site and construct a new foundation.
The work will take approximately eight months to complete. Once the new foundation is ready, the building will be moved back to its final location, and then tied into the new foundation.
Following extensive public consultations, Metrolinx made the decision to repurpose the building to become the main hub of the station with one of three fully accessible entrances. The main level will provide access to GO Transit and UP Express connections, while the lower concourse level will provide access to bus connections or the option to access lower LRT line platforms.