Work is progressing nicely on 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 were victims of supply and demand. The delivery of the sod did arrive last week and it was a delight to watch it take shape on most of the land. It looks beautiful.
Some people asked me why they did not lay sod on all of the space. Please note that in the next few weeks new trees will be planted and lights installed, after which more grass will be placed. We have a new walking path and new benches in place. Our staff are watering the grass daily.
I want to thank our Public Works and Engineering teams for getting the job done. We will watch closely for the final chapter in September, following which I will begin a discussion on what to name the greenspace.
Staff have been digging a trench for lights to be installed along the cement pathway to Isadore Goldberg Park.