Heron Park Herald:
The owners of Billings Bridge Plaza are planning to build a new 11-storey
office building between the mall and the transitway. This is higher than
the zoning currently allows at the site, but we have told them we do not
object to the height on the condition that pedestrian links from Bank St
and Data Centre Road to the mall are improved when the new building
is constructed. We might even get a walkway directly across Sawmill
Creek from the corner of Ohio and Clementine to the transit station! This
would be nice – people could get to the transitway quickly instead of
waiting for the bus or going all the way down the hill on Bank St and
through the mall. I think that the extra height would be a small price to
pay to get these links.
Billings Bridge Plaza Development
by Donna Silver
Many of Heron Park’s residents have commented over the years about the terrible pedestrian issues and vehicular access from Bank Street and Riverside Drive at Billings Bridge. Parking is also a problem from time to time.
Recently, the City has undertaken to make improvements to Riverside
Drive and the intersection at Bank Street. In the not too distant future, they will also develop a Community Design Plan for Bank Street that will be part of
the rehabilitation of the water and sewer pipes.
Billings Bridge Plaza welcomes this work, and have begun to consider options for many improvements to the plaza. They recently announced their plans to build another office tower adjacent to the transit station which will include more stores on the second floor concourse level. In addition to this, they will be constructing a two story parking garage and partnering with OC Transpo to include Park-N-Ride spots for transit users. In addition to these, the plaza owners are interested in developing a long term strategy for the overall redevelopment of the site.
It is said that their ambitions are similar to what has happened to the Don Mills Plaza in Toronto http://muddyyork.com/2009/03/11/the-don-
millsshopping- centre/ and they will be consulting with the community in
The Heron Park Community Association will play a vital role in working with the future plans for the Community Design Plan and the redevelopment of Billings Bridge Plaza. Detailed information will be posted to the web site (www.heronpark.ca
) as it becomes available.