Parliament Station

Intersection: Parliament St. and Mill St.
Construction Stage: One
2014 Density (est.): 233
Nearby Landmarks: The Distillery District
TTC Connections: 65+ Parliament

Parliament serves the west side of the Distillery District, as well as the eastern end of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood. The 65 Parliament bus connects with the station to serve the neighbourhoods north of Front and form a connection with Castle Frank station on the Bloor-Danforth subway.

The Distillery District is one of Toronto's most popular neighbourhoods, housing an eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and studio spaces, as well as the Mill St. brewery and new residential development all in a historic former distillery, converted into a pedestrian-only environment. The St. Lawrence neighbourhood is a diverse mix of old and new, containing some of the oldest buildings in the city along Front, as well as newer buildings along the Esplanade. St. Lawrence contains 25-30,000 residents138, but the neighbourhood around the station has more jobs than residents. Though recent condo and loft developments have the population of the area going up, current density is weighted towards employment. This is ideal, as it is around Parliament where the peak ridership of the line would occur, and having a greater level of employment than residents means it is likely to see more passengers disembark here during the morning rush hour than embark.

The area north of Mill St. between Berkeley and Trinity is largely occupied by parking lots, and can be easily redeveloped increasing density in the area to an even higher level. Zoning is similar to that on the north side of The Esplanade, so buildings can be constructed to a similar height.

Parliament acts as a connection to the Distillery District to those coming from the west, a station for the influx of new residents to the neighbourhood, and serves a vast number of jobs in the area.

Westbound to:
St. Lawrence
Eastbound to:
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