By Gord Bowes, News staff
It could have been worse.
City staff originally wanted a full road closure during reconstruction of a small section of Stone Church Road between the Red Hill Valley Parkway ramps and Pritchard Road was originally going to result in a full closure rather than temporary delays, said east Mountain councillor Tom Jackson.
“They felt by closing Stone Church for two months they could more quickly get the servicing work done,” the Ward 6 politician said.
“They came and saw me with that plan and I said, ‘Absolutely not. Over my political dead body.’ ”
The roadwork, which includes the addition of a centre lane along with curbs and gutters, is being done in conjunction with servicing for a new Esso, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s being built in the area.
The roadwork should be done by the end of September; there will be temporary lane closures during the construction, a city spokesperson said.
Work on the gas station and restaurants should being in mid-August, said Gerald Asa of Effort Trust, which is developing that block of land as Heritage Commons on the south side of Stone Church. The new businesses could be up and running by late November.
The Esso-Tim Hortons will be similar to one which opened last year on Fruitland Road north of Barton and will include a car wash.
“A number of people said to me, ‘We need a gas station there,’ so we went and found one”
Next to it will be the McDonald’s. Both will front Stone Church Road.
Asa said Effort Trust has other development planned, including a grocery store directly across from Heritage Greene, but those projects won’t be able to proceed until the Upper Red Hill Valley Parkway (formerly Trinity Church corridor) is opened, likely in late 2015.
“We have permission to do some aspects of the development before the Upper Red Hill Valley is opened, but we’re obviously anxious to see that road built so we can fully develop the site,” said Asa.
Numerous businesses are waiting for the arterial road to be built so they can proceed with their plans in the area, he said, and that will result in millions of dollars of tax revenue for the city.
“The economic spinoff when that road is built will be huge,” he said.