Onetime Kodak building to move 60 metres for new LRT station
Former Kodak building will form part of the Mount Dennis station on the new LRT line
Sitting in an industrial wasteland that was once the local hub of Kodak, a four-storey industrial building is being picked up this morning and moved 60 metres to make way for a new LRT station at the corner of Eglinton Avenue West between Black Creek Drive and Weston Road.
"It's a very complex engineering challenge obviously," said Jamie Robinson with transit agency Metrolinx.
So how's it done?
The old Kodak building is now moving but you can't really tell..even in time lapse <a href="https://t.co/MTEeRZKToW">pic.twitter.com/MTEeRZKToW</a>—@LindaWardCBC
First, hydraulics are used to lift the building. Then it's put on steel girders, lowered onto a set of 24 dollies (eight powered) and rolled away along special rails. Once it's moving, the building will travel at a rate of 16 inches (40 centimetres) a minute.
The community wanted the building — which once served as a recreation centre for Kodak employees — to be spared and made part of the new Mount Dennis station on the Eglinton-Crosstown light-rail line. Metrolinx agreed and so the building will be moved back later in the construction process to form part of the new station's entrance.
Here's how CBC's Linda Ward followed what's being called "the big move" on Twitter:
<a href="https://twitter.com/Metrolinx">@Metrolinx</a> will move this old 3000 tonne building in it's entirety for Eglinton Crosstown LRT station construction <a href="https://t.co/2axoBIaN6I">pic.twitter.com/2axoBIaN6I</a>—@LindaWardCBC
The building, all that's left of the Kodak industrial complex at Eglinton & Weston, used as rec centre for employees <a href="https://t.co/0GndDsc9J7">pic.twitter.com/0GndDsc9J7</a>—@LindaWardCBC
They'll lay new foundation, then move it back into place to be incorporated into LRT Mt. Dennis station design <a href="https://t.co/Mrnf9QVH7h">pic.twitter.com/Mrnf9QVH7h</a>—@LindaWardCBC
Alice McNutt & daughter Sheila Davis remember 'the old days' in Kodakbuilding. Alice's husband worked here for years <a href="https://t.co/rX7D2T6Kh9">pic.twitter.com/rX7D2T6Kh9</a>—@LindaWardCBC
It IS moving. Look for the green hose on the fence in both pics! <a href="https://t.co/BAV9V8Z8oK">pic.twitter.com/BAV9V8Z8oK</a>—@LindaWardCBC
Slowly but surely...the building is almost done it's 60m journey! See the green hose on the fence then and now... <a href="https://t.co/yHEAz4vthV">pic.twitter.com/yHEAz4vthV</a>—@LindaWardCBC
It's moved! Kodak building has a temporary home for about 8 months <a href="https://twitter.com/CrosstownTO">@CrosstownTO</a> <a href="https://t.co/4jiegyfpqc">pic.twitter.com/4jiegyfpqc</a>—@femwriter
With files from CBC's Linda Ward