Baker Street Reconstruction

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We are hosting this virtual house to present plans for construction and redesign of Baker Street between Quebec Street and Woolwich Street, and Chapel and Park Lanes.This includes replacing water and sewer mains and redesigning Baker Street in line with the Downtown Streetscape Manual for the future Baker District redevelopment.

Baker Street will change from being a one-way road between Chapel Lane and Woolwich Street to a full, two-way road. The intersection of Baker Street and Woolwich Street will be redesigned and include new traffic signals.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2022 and take about eight months to complete. The construction will be phased to accommodate archaeological assessments, temporary and permanent utility relocations, and the redevelopment of the Baker Street parking lot.


An aerial map of the reconstruction and redesign area. At the top of the map Eramosa Road meets Woolich Street and at the bottom of the map Baker Street meets Quebec Street. . A dotted line shows the area of reconstruction from Woolwich Street to Baker Street and Park Lane and Chapel Lane sourrounding the Baker Street parking facility. Baker Street reconstruction area map


This is your opportunity to view project information, including the presentation and and detailed design drawings, and to ask questions about the project. You’re encouraged to provide comments, feedback and questions to City staff. To comment on the project click on the comment tab below and to ask a question click on the question tab. We will answer your questions within 3 business days.

We are hosting this virtual house to present plans for construction and redesign of Baker Street between Quebec Street and Woolwich Street, and Chapel and Park Lanes.This includes replacing water and sewer mains and redesigning Baker Street in line with the Downtown Streetscape Manual for the future Baker District redevelopment.

Baker Street will change from being a one-way road between Chapel Lane and Woolwich Street to a full, two-way road. The intersection of Baker Street and Woolwich Street will be redesigned and include new traffic signals.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2022 and take about eight months to complete. The construction will be phased to accommodate archaeological assessments, temporary and permanent utility relocations, and the redevelopment of the Baker Street parking lot.


An aerial map of the reconstruction and redesign area. At the top of the map Eramosa Road meets Woolich Street and at the bottom of the map Baker Street meets Quebec Street. . A dotted line shows the area of reconstruction from Woolwich Street to Baker Street and Park Lane and Chapel Lane sourrounding the Baker Street parking facility. Baker Street reconstruction area map


This is your opportunity to view project information, including the presentation and and detailed design drawings, and to ask questions about the project. You’re encouraged to provide comments, feedback and questions to City staff. To comment on the project click on the comment tab below and to ask a question click on the question tab. We will answer your questions within 3 business days.

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    We fully support the construction initiative that includes bringing the Library up to date, and the community and downtown advantages that will come from the Baker Street project. However, these benefits will come much later in time than some businesses can survive with customer access disruptions. In order to survive, small businesses in the Upper Wyndham area need parking relief of some sort. What temporary solutions have been explored to provide access to parking for our customers while the project is ongoing? Have you considered a shuttle service from the Market Square Parkade, or other parking areas (ie the lot adjacent to the police station) as a temporary solution? Will angled parking, which is part of a longer term plan, be able to be implemented sooner to provide more customer access on Upper Wyndham during the time we are affected by the construction?

    Fantescapes asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for your question and support of this landmark city-building initiative.

    At this time all options are being considered and will be brought to Council for approval, if the solutions are feasible, cost-effective, and safe.  We might also suggest the West Parkade, with its access through the mall to Upper Wyndham, is also a viable place to park.  

    If you have any further questions or suggestions for parking you can contact parking@guelph.ca



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    I'm curious what study was done to evaluate the impact of flow of traffic at the nearby 5 way intersections, considering that widening Baker Street obviously assumes increased throughput in both directions. Were there benches at all amongst the trees being planted, I may have missed them on the drawings.

    Stargazer asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your question.

    As part of the Urban Design Master Plan prepared for the Baker District Redevelopment, a Traffic Impact Study was conducted by the Project Team we supported redevelopment of Baker Street for two way traffic. 

    There will be benches provided as part of the Baker Street Reconstruction. The documents provided on line are still being completed and benches will be added.


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    Why is the Baker Street lot being closed before the critical Christmas marketing season? I understand this has come up in meetings and the response was the timing was "part of the city's comittment to the contractor". If, as you say, the work cannot continue over winter, why is the lot closed now? It seems incongruous the city is celebrating "Bridge to Better Business" while shutting down the largest area for parking in the downtown before Christmas.

    Johnnywatch asked 1 day ago

    We sincerely appreciate the situation our small businesses are in, and that timing for changes to parking are not ideal. 

    There is ample parking available for downtown visitors in the City's four other parking lots: the East, West and Market Parkades and the Macdonell Street lot. There's also still free two-hour on-street parking throughout the downtown Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and no limit on Sunday. 

    The work the Province requires us to do for the archaeological clearance of the site requires a mechanical excavation of the entire area to identify and remove any artefacts or remains. The ground is frozen in January, likely covered in snow, so we're unable to do this critical work then. 

       

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    This is an exciting project for downtown!!! How are planning to ensure the Library etc feels connected (for pedestrians) to Woolwich Street? Ie that the building is not isolated from our main street and shops?

    Jon asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your enthusiasm for this project. 

    This indeed will be a transformative project for the downtown.

    To answer your question, through this total reconstruction of Baker Street, there will be a vast improvement to the pedestrian experience from Woolwich Street to the Library. 

    The design of the pedestrian area is being developed as part of our multi-disciplinary team which includes road designers and landscape architects, who are also working on the Library site to ensure continuity between the buildings and the new streetscape, including the existing buildings.

    In addition there will be a new pedestrian connection between Wyndham Street North and the Baker Redevelopment through the new Wyndham Square complementing the existing pedestrian walkways south of the County of Wellington Building and through the Park Mall covered walkway.    

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    Given the stress on parking for businesses in the area, will there be enforcemnet of two-hour on street parking? Also, has any consideration been given to steps to provide temporary relief, such as angled parking on Chapel Lane and Wyndham St.? Finally, would it be possible for the time being to allow access to the lot on days where there is no construction/archaeology activity such as this past week?

    plucas asked 2 days ago

    Thank you for your questions.

    By-law officers will enforce the 2 hour once per day restriction for on street parking. 

    Plans are currently underway for staging of the Right of Way works in order to mitigate street closures and the impact on existing on-street parking and neighboring businesses and residents.. As plans develop and as construction proceeds, efforts will be made to communicate closures and disruptions to the neighbourhood.

    Unfortunately, due to the nature and timing of the Archaeological Clearance, the entire lot has to remain closed. 

    This work cannot happen during the winter and most of the lot will be excavated or used for staging by the contractor.

    In addition, the safety of our contractors, staff and citizens is paramount. We can't have the public in close proximity to the contactor while they carry out the archaeological clearance.


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    Closing all the parking lots at once seems excessive and unnecessary, not to mention the detrimentaleffect on downtown businesses. Will you please consider keeping part of the parking open for at least the archeological investigations?

    ncmatsui asked 9 days ago

    Unfortunately due to the nature and timing of the Archaeological Clearance worked required by the province, the Baker Street lot cannot be kept open.. 

    This work cannot be completed during the winter and all parts of the lot will either be excavated for the clearance or used for staging by the contractor.


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    I am not seeing any cycling infrastructure of any kind in the design drawings - just road and sidewalk. Am I missing something or have cycling facilities been completely left out of this project?

    Luke Weiler asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for your question.

     

    The City has committed to providing enhancement to the pedestrian and sustainable transportation infrastructure along Baker Street, Chapel Lane and Park Lane. Due to the restricted right-of-way between the properties, lower traffic speed and volume, combined vehicular and cycling lanes are being proposed. Infrastructure including bicycle racks and storage are being implemented where applicable as part of the overall street furniture. 

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    Hello, I would like to know if any of the parking spots on Baker Street and Chapel Lane will be taken away. Currently, there are two parking spots already taken on Baker Street right next to Datamatrix Computers. If more parking spots will be taken away, our customers will have no spots to park. How long will those garbage bins be taking up those only two parking spots? Thanks,

    Me asked 8 days ago

     

    Thank you for your question.

     

    The right of way work planned for Baker Street, Chapel and Park Lanes strives to maintain as much parking as we can but at the same time upgrade all aspects of the streetscape in keeping with standard as outlined in the City of Guelph’s  Linear Infrastructure Guidelines and Streetscape Manual. The proposed design does propose to keep some on street parking where possible and provide accessible parking spaces and loading zones.

     

    As with any construction project there will be disruption to parking, but in the short term parking is available at the Wilson Street Parkade, the Macdonell Street Lot, the East and West Parkades as well as at various on-street parking spaces in the vicinity.

    There will be disruption from time to time to the businesses and residents in the area but the City will make efforts to maintain access and communicate when there will be disruptions.

    The garbage bins you reference are clearly associated with the construction work underway at 2 Quebec Street and we hope that they are a temporary disruption.

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    If I recall correctly, plans for redeveloping the Baker Street parking lot will include going down three storeys for underground parking. There are unknown questions about how far down the project can go before it hits the water table and has to stop. And I am sure there are other unkowns about possible complications with the parking lot project. Will the reconstruction of Baker Street be used as an opportunity to test for these unknowns, and avoid going ahead with current plans for the parking lot if they are in fact not feasible?

    RWM asked 9 days ago

    The Baker District Redevelopment as outlined in the Urban Design Master Plan approved by City Council on July 21st, 2021 has two levels of underground parking.

     

    Further information on the Baker District can be found at www.guelph.ca/business/downtown-business/bakerdistrict/

     

    To answer your specific question, many studies and tests have been conducted and continue to happen on the Baker Street Parking Lot in preparation for the development including the new central library. This includes geotechnical/soils testing, hydro geological studies and the archaeological clearance currently underway. These studies and tests have provided valuable information for the design team in preparation for the development.

     

    For this project in particular, the Baker street, Chapel Lane and Park Lane reconstruction and  right of way works, specific testing similar to the testing performed for the Baker Redevelopment is underway and will continue prior to final designs being completed. 

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    Several buildings have entrances and access points located along Chapel Lane. At Knox Church the Chapel Lane entrance is required to maintain the accessibility of the building (the elevator is located at the Chapel Lane entrance). Will vehicle access (at least 1 lane) be provided along Chapel Lane at all times during the work? Without the Chapel Lane entry many of our parishioners will not be able to access the building.

    Knox Property Committee asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

    The Right of Way improvements to Baker Street, Chapel and Park Lanes will be phased in order to mitigate disruptions to properties facing on these streets. 

    There will be disruption from time to time to the access points but the City will make efforts to maintain access and communicate when there will be disruptions.

    We will bring this concern to the design team in order that this specific issue is on the agenda when construction starts for coordination of access.

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