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Published on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Old hospital being taken down carefully

Demolition plans for former Oakville hospital site take shape

Old hospital being taken down carefully
Former Oakville hospital site
Metroland Media
By Nathan Howes, Oakville Beaver
The Town of Oakville is nailing down the timing of the demolition of the former hospital at 327 Reynolds St.

Once complete, it will pave the way to build a new community centre, park and residential units.

Council approved a report Monday, April 3 outlining its strategy for demolition of the former hospital.

After holding public consultations that began in November 2015 and with the most recent March 1, the Town is addressing public concerns regarding noise and traffic in its plan.

Demolition is currently scheduled to begin this summer and is expected to take approximately 12 months, finishing by May/June 2018.

Work is tentatively set to begin this August.

Questions raised at the Town’s March 27 Administrative Services Committee meeting included those about demolition work occurring on Saturdays, during what times, and the impact on neighbouring properties.

The Town’s noise bylaw allows work to occur from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Initially, Town staff did not favour restricting those hours because it would significantly slow down the work — extending it well into the summer of 2018.

Other Town or private projects currently do not restrict work on Saturdays.

Nicole Wolfe, manager of capital projects in the Town’s Facilities and Construction department, addressed the timing issue.

She couldn’t confirm if Saturdays will, in fact, be needed for the demolition, but noted any delays in the schedule would affect the start time of constructing the new community centre.

Ward 4 Councillor Roger Lapworth wanted to know where the trucks would be situated before the 7 a.m. start time, as there are concerns regarding traffic congestion and noise.

Wolfe said there would be a staging area for the vehicles, near the parking garage — the intention being to avoid parking and idling on nearby streets.

Mayor Rob Burton proposed — and council agreed — to restrict Saturday work so that it does not include crushing or other noisy work, vehicles would be required to use broadband backup alarms or similar alarms and the use of beeping backup alarms would be forbidden.

Staff will report to Council on the impact of the extra measures on cost and timing.

The Town hopes to address noise concerns through installation of a three-metre high (10 feet) noise barrier (fence), possibly made from solid plywood hoarding and other materials, along the perimeter of the site.

There will also be five-metre high (16.5 feet) noise barrier around the concrete crusher and may be a combination of stockpiled materials and fencing, as well as installing concrete crusher below-grade.

Noise sources will be evenly distributed around the property and kept away from the property line as much as possible. Drop heights will be minimized to control falling materials.

There are four structures on the site – the legacy hospital building, Helen Lawson building, parking garage and the former Oakville Trafalgar High School (OTHS).

The Helen Lawson and former hospital buildings will be demolished, while the parking garage and former high school may be incorporated into the community centre design, as part of the overall development plan.

Town staff noted there would be an additional open house held in May, with an exact day and time pending
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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