I wish to provide an update about the large greenspace on Marc Chagall Avenue, across from both the Marquise and the snow dump.
History will note that this land was leased to the owners of the Equinoxe as a parking lot for three years in order to avoid having their workers parking on the street. The developers had signed a written contract to return the land the way they found it. Regrettably that did not occur and litigation ensued. Attempts to properly beautify the area were unsuccessful, so in June council adopted a resolution allocating fund to finally get this job done right.
Work was supposed to begin in June, but like everyone else across the globe we are victims of supply and demand. The delivery of the sod is on back order and will not arrive until August 8.
Nonetheless, work has indeed started. Public Works commenced some digging to install bollards along the west side of the paved walkway for new lighting. A number of large diseased trees unfortunately had to be removed. We have also installed the beginning of a pathway.
Our contractor will remove all growing grass, seeds, and pebbles for the entire vacant lot. New benches and tables will be installed. Fingers are crossed for the sod. In September new trees will be planted. I am as frustrated as anyone with these delays, but we will have a beautiful greenspace when all is said and done at which time I will begin a consultation process to find a name for this parkette.