We have been pressing city council hard to consider some alternative to an expansion that looks like a concrete bunker, i.e. landscaping. And that takes into account something besides vehicles, i.e. aesthetics and the 84,000 pedestrians who walk through every year. We'll be living with whatever is built for the rest of our lives. There may be many possibilites, here is one that's been suggested to the city by the province's Director of Heritage. It is rumoured that the tender bids came in low; if so it should allow the city to spend some of their $400,000 allotment on landscaping. If you have an opinion about this, and would like to express it to mayor & councillors, their email addresses can be found here.
We have also asked (3 times since July) for the city to schedule a public meeting to inform Outer Battery residents about the details of the expansion. We obtained the engineering drawings and posted them on the DOCUMENTS blog page (here), but not everyone can easily interpret technical drawings and some residents are interested to understand what will be built. We are still awaiting reply from councillors about a public meeting.