Despard Test Site

Please note the Despard Avenue site is no longer a consideration for the location for the multiplex project.

For Phase 1 of the feasibility study, the Despard Avenue site was selected as a test site for conceptual design purposes. In late 2020, WSP Canada Inc completed an initial environmental assessment of the site and submitted a report to Council in February 2021 which recommended further study, highlighting areas where more in-depth environmental assessment should be done. In July 2021, Council was advised by WSP that preliminary assessments completed earlier identified potential valuable ecological communities at the proposed site which may present constraints to the proposed development. The following motion was approved by Council at the July 5, 2021, meeting.

  • THAT WSP finalize their current ecological assessment of the Despard site.
  • THAT no further studies in relation to the development of the Despard site be initiated and that WSP be retained as the technical consultant and the balance of the budget reallocated to land analysis and site condition assessments for alternative potential sites. 
  • THAT staff be directed to move forward with the planned public engagement to commence later this month and into the fall.

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Despard Test Site