Community not receptive to master plan
By Katie Warfield
On Wednesday, the university administration met with the surrounding community to give an update on Western's campus master plan, but residents of the Broughdale community are calling the plan flimsy.
The open meeting was held to gather the public's opinion on the new draft of the campus master plan, originally drafted in 1994. The purpose of the document is to outline future decisions and changes for the university's campus and show Western's commitment to create a physical environment which would enrich the quality of campus life.
Jan Van Fleet, secretary of the Board of Governors and Senate, said the update of the master plan presented to the community is only the first draft of many drafts to come. The university is currently accepting written submissions from the public, to be incorporated into the second draft of the master plan update, Van Fleet explained.
Susan Bentley, president of the Broughdale Community Association, was one of the members of the community present Wednesday night to criticize the university's plans.
Bentley said the update is lacking more immediate issues, such as a proposed foot bridge at the end of Huron St. to move some of the pedestrian traffic off the University Drive bridge. Bentley added she would like to see a left-turn lane at the corner of University Dr. and Richmond St..
"We try to cater to the community needs as much as possible on any issue that may affect them," said David Riddell, senior director of physical plant and capital planning services.
Riddell expressed his enthusiasm with the results of the update of the campus master plan and said he hoped to see the completed update, including the insights from the community, available early in the new year.
The updated master plan includes changes to campus which were not included in the original 1994 version of the document. These include expansions to the Engineering Building and the Ivey Business School, an addition of a new centre for health sciences, the expansion of Western Rd. to six lanes, as well as the construction of the new J.W. Little Stadium on Huron Flats, for the upcoming 2000 Canada Games.