Silvertown Assessment Study - Public Information Centre

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The Silvertown Neighbourhood is located northwest of downtown City of Niagara Falls (City) and is bordered by Victoria Avenue, Leader Lane, the Niagara Parkway/River Road, and Buttrey Street. A large portion of the infrastructure within the Silvertown is approaching the end of its expected lifespan and is in need of renewal, The City has been tracking infrastructure condition and performance issues in the area.

Objective

The aim of the Functional Servicing Assessment Study is to review the condition and operation of the existing roads, sidewalks, streetlights, watermain and sewers and develop a plan for replacement and upgrade of infrastructure to better service existing and future residents and businesses.

The Study

The findings of this Study will be used to recommend a multi-year capital improvement plan to optimize existing infrastructure and address servicing concerns for existing residents and businesses and future growth in the area.

Silvertown Assessment Study Virtual Public Information Centre:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the City is hosted the Silvertown Assessment Study Public Information Centre (PIC) online from November 3rd until November 22, 2021. This virtual PIC presented residents and business owners of the Silvertown Neighbourhood the opportunity to express their satisfaction levels with current municipal infrastructure.

A walk-through video (available in the sidebar) of the Assessment Study and a transcript of the video is still available for viewing.

The engagement period has now closed, however, you can still contact the City's Senior Project Manager, Zach Staples at 905-356-7521 ext. 4337 with any questions you may have regarding the Silvertown Assessment Study.

Please note that information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, please note all comments will become part of the public record.

The Silvertown Neighbourhood is located northwest of downtown City of Niagara Falls (City) and is bordered by Victoria Avenue, Leader Lane, the Niagara Parkway/River Road, and Buttrey Street. A large portion of the infrastructure within the Silvertown is approaching the end of its expected lifespan and is in need of renewal, The City has been tracking infrastructure condition and performance issues in the area.

Objective

The aim of the Functional Servicing Assessment Study is to review the condition and operation of the existing roads, sidewalks, streetlights, watermain and sewers and develop a plan for replacement and upgrade of infrastructure to better service existing and future residents and businesses.

The Study

The findings of this Study will be used to recommend a multi-year capital improvement plan to optimize existing infrastructure and address servicing concerns for existing residents and businesses and future growth in the area.

Silvertown Assessment Study Virtual Public Information Centre:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the City is hosted the Silvertown Assessment Study Public Information Centre (PIC) online from November 3rd until November 22, 2021. This virtual PIC presented residents and business owners of the Silvertown Neighbourhood the opportunity to express their satisfaction levels with current municipal infrastructure.

A walk-through video (available in the sidebar) of the Assessment Study and a transcript of the video is still available for viewing.

The engagement period has now closed, however, you can still contact the City's Senior Project Manager, Zach Staples at 905-356-7521 ext. 4337 with any questions you may have regarding the Silvertown Assessment Study.

Please note that information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, please note all comments will become part of the public record.

Comments: Silvertown Assessment PIC

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share a comment about the Silvertown Assessment Study with the project team. Comments will remain visible and will be shared with the project team. 

Note: Comments will be visible to the public. If you would like to connect with the project team directly (and privately), please email [email protected] Please note, all public feedback, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Hi,

I just found about this on the last day and wish I had more time to think about it.

I will start with smell:

The smell driving to and from silvertown daily is second to none that I have ever experienced.
The overpowering garbage smell is most powerful from Victoria/River to Whirlpool. How are people supposed to have picnics there, when I can barely drive by?

Secondly, Planning.

As a commercial/residential mix these are my list of things to consider.
1. The Bridge street roundabout be complete, and Thorold Stone extension.
These are the two links to pull silvertown out of isolation.
2. A walkway or bridge from bridge street that is modern, lit up at night, going to Buttrey street (somewhere around the halfway point).
This will make silvertown the ideal location for GO commuting within Niagara Region AND Toronto.
3. The land on Buttrey needs some more landscaping and garbage removal tlc. I am honestly willing to be part of some kind of community volunteer thing if anyone can organize it....
4. Victoria Avenue needs a little more lighting from River to Bridge.
5. Bridge Avenue. A lot of emphasis is on Queen Street hoping it will spill out onto Bridge street, however Queen is Queen and Bridge is Bridge. Pretend in the near future you are driving from all over Niagara Falls to get to the GO... Once you pass the roundabout it should feel like you are arriving at GO/VIA with signs/banners/logos/plants/lights etc. Bridge and our connections to Bridge is essential to be included in the silvertown planning.
6. Sidewalks. Additional and better planned sidewalks for flow are essential for residents, commuters, and yes tourists. Although the majority of the River Road foot traffic does not come up much past Terrace, I am constantly seeing people walking up and down Victoria going to and from Great Wolf Lodge and in the side streets. Many times they have luggage.

Thank you.

niagara905289 about 2 months ago

side walks on ferguson street need plowing on both side because of kids getting on school buses also because transit bus stops on both side of road

bill first vice about 2 months ago

This neighbourhood has been neglected by the city for too long.
There are Airbnb sites and short term rental properties popping up in this area, there are a number of burnt out and derelict buildings in the area. One of which sits directly across from me. looks like it will collapse with the first heavy snowfall. A year and a half it has sat there.
Homeless are setting up in the wooded area. Constant fire and police sirens because of them. ( How many fires have they set under the train bridge on Victoria)
Snow removal is a joke , i have seen it 2 days later that proper plowing gets done.

Kevin about 2 months ago

I prefer not to have any airbnb's in this neighborhood as this was an issue a few years back. We are a quite and friendly area and would like to keep it that way!

Marjorie 2 months ago

I prefer not to have any airbnb's in this neighborhood as this was an issue a few years back. We are a quite and friendly area and would like to keep it that way!

Marjorie 2 months ago

Ferguson St. As well as other streets are in need of major replacement! Also there are a number of streets including Stanton Ave. that have abandoned homes that are falling apart and affecting other peoples properties, homes and vehicles. Rundown buildings leaking chemicals out onto the road when it rains need to be addressed. Homes with trash and junk piled up in front of the homes needs to be addressed….many issues in Silvertown that have been neglected for many years…..

Cboone07 2 months ago

1) Numerous sidewalks are in need of repair. 2) Several homes have large accumulations of trash & junk on their property. 3) Several properties are not maintained (grass & weeds). 4) Stricter By-law enforcement would be beneficial.

Brian J 2 months ago

Buttrey Street definitely needs repairs( cracks and potholes,please redo the road) to make it safe, clean,( no litter) and presentable( needs better lighting).

Rundown, dilapidated, neglected buildings and properties need to be addressed.

E.M. 2 months ago

Another suggestion for improvement:

11. Alter the grading of Leader Lane at the entrance to 4434 Leader Lane, so as to produce a more acceptable grade into the property; raise Leader Lane 1-2' at the 4434 Leader Lane parking lot entrance so as to have a more homogenous transition from Leader Lane into the parking lot.

There are 3 issues with the existing 2' grade change:

a) City snow plows are unable to clear snow all the way down Leader Lane to 4434. Initially after the building construction, they futilely tried a number of times, by backing to the 4434 parking lot entrance and pushing snow to the north side of Leader Lane. But by the time the truck's rear wheels hit Leader Lane and the plow blade leveled on the ground, the plows were 25' up the road. Accordingly for the past 10+ years I've been using my smaller, personal, snow removal equipment to keep Leader Lane cleared from Hickson Ave east to 4434.

b) Slip and fall: This transition area ices easily and is a regular winter hazard to pedestrians and vehicles. Sometimes when there are snow/ice conditions, the smaller vehicles approach the grade too fast, so as to ensure they get up the grade, but then slide toward vehicles in the western parking spaces.

c) Bottoming out of long vehicles upon ingress/egress: Vehicles hauling trailers are especially prone to hit the asphalt at their hitch points.

BACKGROUND: When the existing apartment building was constructed, one of the City's requirements of the 4434 Leader Lane site plan was that it not "dump" water from the parking lot into the Leader Lane combined sewer nor cause further erosion at the bottom of what is now a paved bicycle trail. Instead, the parking lot runoff is kept on the property by means of a lip at the parking lot entrance. Storm water is channeled into a detention pond and slowly released onto Leader Lane at the Northeast corner of 4434 to the base of the Leader Lane 30' grade change.

At the time of the building's construction, the City was dealing with an ongoing erosion issue with water rushing down Leader Lane and eroding ground at the base of the 30' grade change on the City property in front of 4434; the City was repairing that erosion every few months. However, the City seems to have mastered that erosion issue since in recent years I've only observed minimum erosion at the base of the bicycle path even in the heaviest of rainfalls.

Now that the City is installing a separate storm sewer there may no longer be a requirement for 4434 to even manage the storm water on the property. But even if it is still required, that can be addressed by the existing detention pond on 4434.

Please raise Leader Lane at 4434 Leader to the same height as the parking lot entrance.
.....Victor

Victor 2 months ago

Thank you to the City for improving Leader Lane a few years ago. Previously the Lane was in bad repair with large potholes and missing asphalt. Since the repairs, Leader Lane is quite usable.

Here are suggestions for further improvements:

1. At Leader Lane / Victoria Ave, a small section of curb extends into Leader Lane. For Victoria Ave northbound traffic turning right onto Leader Lane, that curb necessitates making a wide turn, confronting westbound Leader Lane traffic, or risk damaging wheels hitting the curb. I recommend removing that small section of curb.

2. At Leader Lane / Victoria Ave, the "Do not block intersection" sign obstructs the southern view of Leader Lane westbound traffic. This is more problematic when I am in my pickup truck than when I'm in my sports car.

3. At Leader Lane / Hickson Ave, asphalt does not extend fully to the north edge of Leader Lane; the soft shoulder extends slightly into Leader Lane. However I haven't noticed any erosion issue as the result of this.

4. Widen the north side of Leader Lane from Victoria Ave to Hickson Ave to facilitate parking by baseball park and tennis court users.

5. Install signage at Leader Lane & Hickson Ave: "access to 4434 Leader Lane". I've had several instances where delivery people & emergency vehicles have been unable to find property; Some GPSs don’t know how to direct drivers to the address and the building is not visible from the intersection.

6. Bicycle path connecting upper Leader Lane to lower Leader Lane: Improve the retainer wall by replacing the rotted wood ties with better material such as stacked masonry.

7. Bicycle path connecting upper Leader Lane to lower Leader Lane: The pathway is unlit and poses a hazard to pedestrians and bicyclists. Note the traffic fatality that occurred here in recent years. Install pedestrian lighting along the pathway.

8. Paint the tennis court chain-link fence

9. City parkland along the north side of Leader Lane, east of Hickson Ave: This small triangular plot (100' x 100' by 50') has been left in its natural state. But it looks neglected. I recommend thinning the number of trees and pruning the remaining ones. This would give City workers the ability to reach into the area with riding mowers. Also it would be an ideal location for a large flower arrangement such as we see in other parts of the City.

10. Most Silvertown residents take pride in their properties but there are a few properties that look unkempt and have a negative impact on the neighborhood. Would the City consider tax incentives to Silvertown property owners to make improvements?

.....Victor

Victor 2 months ago

1Niagaran's comments are on point....the city has certainly ignored this area over the last 30 years. A rebranding of the neighborhood back to its original name of Glenview is a good idea. Silvertown is a poor, derogatory nickname that should go away.

Brophy 3 months ago

Why do we have to accept conditions in the area which no other area has had to contend with? Look at the roads, dilapidated apt complexes (Glenview Apts) which many residents complained about yet the city approved yet another story to be built on the structure. The former Burgess Battery being torn down only to be left in a site reminiscent of a war torn area. Garbage forever littered along Buttrey Street which many of the residents have complained about yet never gets dealt with. There are so many issues that many of the residents feel as though the city just doesn't give a damn. We have many examples of why we feel this way. Perhaps the Mayor, City Council and Regional Representatives would like to actually visit with us and we'll give them a tour with examples of where they have failed miserably. (The area is known as Glenview, not Silvertown).

1Niagaran 3 months ago

It would be nice to have the property lines reassessed, since the old alleyways haven't been used on some blocks for decades

devonbailey 3 months ago

Is there any plan to deal with the mess of utility poles throughout the neighborhood? Underground power/telephone/cable service would remove a huge eyesore.

Brophy 3 months ago
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