Baker District archaeological and environmental investigations start mid-July

Work will occur in rotation throughout the Baker Street parking lot

The City is completing archaeological and environmental investigations as part of the work to redevelop the Baker Street parking lot into a unique mixed-use development.

The triangular block that is currently the Baker Street municipal parking lot was the site of an all-faith cemetery from 1827-1853. The City is working with experts to complete the archaeological investigations which must be completed before environmental investigations can begin. City staff has worked with Guelph Police Services, the coroner’s office, Woodlawn Memorial Park, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, among others, to ensure that we have response plans and coordination in place should we find any remains or bone fragments.

To ensure that human remains are not be subjected to public display and that they are treated with respect and dignity, the City does not take or share photographs of any remains found. The City requests that media and the public respect this as well.

Work begins July 15

The City is getting utility locates in the parking lot the week of July 15. The City expects archaeological investigation work to begin the week of July 22. The work will take at least six weeks to complete, more if any remains and/or bone fragments are found. The City will begin environmental investigation work to drill boreholes and install monitoring wells as the site is cleared by archaeological investigations.

Parking impacts

There will be reduced short-term parking availability in the Baker Street lot as the contractor closes one quarter of the lot off at a time to complete the work. The contractors completing this work require cleared areas for equipment staging and to ensure worker safety. The section of the lot that is closed off will shift as work is completed.

Summer demand for short-term parking spaces is lower than at other times of the year. If there are no open spaces in the Baker lot, short-term parking is available in other downtown parking lots including the Wyndham and Macdonell street lots. The City also offers free on-street parking in the downtown core for up to two hours a day per vehicle.

There are no impacts to available space for monthly permit holders. Permit holders should continue to park in the Baker Street lot as usual, working around closed sections.

The City asks lot users to drive carefully around work sites to help keep those working safe.

Pedestrian access

Pedestrians will still have access around and through the Baker Street parking lot. Please walk around closed off areas with care.

The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important work. Any updates, including timing changes, will be posted on guelph.ca/construction.

For more information

About the investigation work

Terry Gayman, Manager, Infrastructure Development and Environmental Engineering
Engineering and Transportation Services
519-822-1260 extension 2369
terry.gayman@guelph.ca

About parking

Jamie Zettle, Program Manager, Parking
Engineering and Transportation Services
519-822-1260 extension 2590
jamie.zettle@guelph.ca