Residents of Ottawa’s Crystal Beach neighbourhood are “violently opposed” to the proposed location of the Moodie LRT station and want it moved, community representatives told a city committee Tuesday.
Ottawa’s finance and economic development committee approved the functional design for the station — the western terminus of Stage 2 of the city’s LRT system — Tuesday.
‘We are extremely unhappy that this is happening.’
– Lynn Hart, Crystal Bay resident
The station will be located on a narrow wedge of land on the east side of Moodie Drive, between Highway 417 and Corkstown Road, near Crystal Beach. Its construction will necessitate the realignment of Corkstown Road where it curves alongside existing soccer fields.
“We are extremely unhappy that this is happening,” said Lynn Hart, who lives nearby and has gone door to door to gather feedback from her neighbours.
Hart said a majority of the neighbours she canvassed want the station moved west of Moodie Drive, even though that would mean a longer walk to the platform for commuters.
Representatives from the Crystal Beach/Lakeview Community Association told councillors on the committee that the proposed station location threatens the area’s ecological corridors.
“Our community really cherishes the Greenbelt,” said Ian McConnachie, the community association’s transportation chair.
He said residents will fight hard to preserve the wetland near the station site, which they fear could be permanently damaged by construction.
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Chris Swail, director of O-Train planning, said the city didn’t want to put any more distance between the station and its future users, many of whom will be arriving on foot.
The city’s report confirms there’s no room on the site for a park-and-ride, so people will have to walk, bike or bus to the station.
People catching the train from Crystal Beach and surrounding neighbourhoods would also have to cross a major intersection at Moodie Drive if the station were moved to the west side of the busy road, staff pointed out.
Swail said he worried that would “greatly dissuade people” from taking LRT.
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