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the unique challenge of working around business, residential and other private property

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

When you’re talking about private property, chances are you’re picturing someone’s home or business, or maybe a piece of land with a fence around it. But did you realize that every square inch of York Region, as in every other jurisdiction in Canada, is actually owned by someone?

Typically, for projects like vivaNext, when work will be taking place on or near private property, we work with a range of property owners, whether it’s a private individual’s home or business or a different level of government. Here’s how it works:

During the earliest design phases, we map out the proposed design for the future roadway or facility, working with existing information about property ownership. For the most part, rapidways and facilities are intentionally designed to fit within property that is already owned by the future operators of our projects – for example, the Region of York or one of our local municipalities.

As the design process gets more detailed, we analyze how the proposed alignment will fit with the properties along the roadway. We also identify any impacts the project will have on each.

In some cases, such as where the road is being widened, the recommended design may show that we might need to encroach onto private property. Sometimes we may only need access onto private property during construction, and sometimes it’s permanent.

With the final design established, and depending on the nature and duration of the property impact for each property, we then follow a series of established procedures to come to an agreement with the owner.

The agreement will include clarification of how our work will affect their property, how long we’ll need access if it’s only temporary, and compensation if we’re acquiring some part of their property.

The options and arrangements will vary depending on the kind of property and what impact our project will have on it; for example, installing a rapidway across a bridge over a 400-series provincial highway will involve different issues and potential strategies with the property’s owner or representative. In this case, it’s the Ministry of Transportation on behalf of the Province of Ontario.

In all cases though, the process of working with property owners to work out access is a complex part of the design and pre-construction work, and involves many different team members including York Region Property Services, Legal Services, York Region Transit, our design builders as well as our project team.

But no matter who the owner is, being respectful of the rights of all our property-owning neighbours is a top priority for our project with dedicated staff like the Community Liaisons to help answer questions in the field.

 

so many different activities this year in Vaughan!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Vaughan 2016 year in review

So much has happened this year along Bathurst and Centre and on Highway 7 West. Just take a look!

In this video, you can check out some of this year’s behind-the-scenes activity – like trees being transplanted to parks, and pre-construction work – as well as the very visible work you saw, like water main and gas main construction.

It was a big year for rapidway work as well, with boulevard and planting on Highway 7, red asphalt in the rapidway and the big vivastation canopy going up in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre area.

New utilities, wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, shade-giving trees – and smooth rapidway are all part of the vivaNext projects, creating new infrastructure that will serve generations to come, and leave a lasting legacy for the Highway 7 West and Bathurst & Centre communities in Vaughan.

As the year comes to an end, it is great to reflect on our accomplishments. We look forward to more progress in 2017.

For more information on ongoing work be sure to sign up for email updates, and follow us on Twitter. Questions or comments? Comment below or email us at contactus@vivanext.com.

the ballet of building the VMC canopy

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre – Spadina Subway Station

The giant sections of structural steel canopy were installed this fall in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre [VMC] area – right in the middle of Highway 7 West – and it was a ballet of precision.

Having a large structure like this arise in the centre of a roadway is an incredibly unique construction event.

That’s why we made sure we were out on the corridor watching and recording the action to share with all of you.

The largest section lifted was 25,000 lbs – over 11,300 kg! You can read more about this new Vivastation, and check out the video to see how this feat was done.

 

Questions or comments? Comment below or email us at contactus@vivanext.com. To stay up-to-date on construction, sign up for email updates at vivanext.com/subscribe.

 

7 ways to communicate with vivaNext

Friday, February 26th, 2016

YRRTC many ways to communicate

We want to hear from you!

If you’ve ever had a question about vivaNext, about construction in your neighbourhood, or about local business support during construction – we invite you to talk to us!

We’ve made sure that there are, literally, umpteen ways that you can communicate with us and we can regularly communicate with you.

  1. Sign up for notices
    Because coping with construction is a lot easier when you know what to expect, we routinely send email construction bulletins to thousands of subscribers with details about impending lane closures and information about exactly what’s going on. Check out a recent sample, and then sign up at www.vivanext.com/subscribe and select the project that’s relevant to you.
  2. Send us an email
    Have a comment or question? Contact us by sending us an email at contactus@vivanext.com.
  3. Contact your Community Liaison Specialist
    Community Liaison Specialists are here for you, covering each section of the vivaNext project and available to answer your questions and address your concerns. Find out more about the CLs.
  4. Visit us at your nearest Project Information Centre
    You are welcome to come visit us in person to chat, ask questions, provide feedback, see project maps and obtain more information. Here’s where to find us at these public offices, along with our office hours.
  5. Read the vivaNext blog
    We post new articles every week, providing details about the projects, and it gives a chance to read about what’s going on behind the scenes with construction, get information about transit and city planning, and the various topics of the day. You’re always welcome to comment, and we’re happy to respond. Or, let us know if there is a subject you would like to know more about.
  6. Visit us out in the community!
    Throughout the year, you’ll be seeing Community Liaisons and other vivaNext staff at different events and festivals to help keep everyone informed and to find out what you’re thinking. For information about the upcoming events we’ll be participating in this year, check out our Community Events page.
  7. Engage with us on social media
    We encourage you to follow us on Twitter, where we share all of our construction notices and other information, and to be sure to like us on Facebook, where we share interesting articles, cool retro photos and each new blogpost.

We’re all eyes and ears and we look forward to hearing from you soon!