Pickering Casino Opening Update

On March 5, 2020 the Town of Ajax hosted a Pickering Casino Opening Update meeting for Ajax residents and stakeholders. The meeting included a presentation from Town staff, followed by Q & A.

Topics

  • Durham Live development
  • Current construction activities
  • Pickering Casino Opening

You can watch the live recording of the meeting above.

If you were unable to attend the meeting in person, the presentation material is available on this page and we encourage you to submit any questions you have in the Comments section at the bottom of this page.

Quick Stats

  • 3,300 gaming position Casino
  • 275 room Hotel
  • 2,500 seat Performing Arts Centre
  • 4,300 parking spaces (2 parking structures and 2 surface lots)

Note: Approvals for other elements of the overall master plan have not been received at this point.


Get Involved

  • WATCH: Public Information Session Recording from Thursday, March 5, 2020

Questions or comments about this project?

Use the Comment section below to submit your question or comment directly to the project team, or, contact any of the project managers listed in the Who's Listening (right sidebar).


Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

On March 5, 2020 the Town of Ajax hosted a Pickering Casino Opening Update meeting for Ajax residents and stakeholders. The meeting included a presentation from Town staff, followed by Q & A.

Topics

  • Durham Live development
  • Current construction activities
  • Pickering Casino Opening

You can watch the live recording of the meeting above.

If you were unable to attend the meeting in person, the presentation material is available on this page and we encourage you to submit any questions you have in the Comments section at the bottom of this page.

Quick Stats

  • 3,300 gaming position Casino
  • 275 room Hotel
  • 2,500 seat Performing Arts Centre
  • 4,300 parking spaces (2 parking structures and 2 surface lots)

Note: Approvals for other elements of the overall master plan have not been received at this point.


Get Involved

  • WATCH: Public Information Session Recording from Thursday, March 5, 2020

Questions or comments about this project?

Use the Comment section below to submit your question or comment directly to the project team, or, contact any of the project managers listed in the Who's Listening (right sidebar).


Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

Do you have a comment about the Pickering Casino Opening Update that you would like to share with the project team? As there is a very high volume of questions being asked please allow us some time to reply. 

Pickering Casino Opening Update Comments

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  • I travel by local bus back & forth from Ajax to Pickering severial time a week with a walker, & I would like to know if this is going to infere with the time tables for the #223 bus. Also as I live in Ajax, I've heard a lot about the Ajax casino closing; is this true? I would love to be at the meeting tonight but I unfortunely have another meeting tonight that I've already promised to go to.

    Felicity Martin asked 30 days ago

    The timetable for the DRT bus on Bayly will be unaffected. Connections to the site from transit can be made at Pickering or Ajax GO Stations.

    There was some discussion about this at the live meeting on March 5, which is currently available on this project page.

  • Will this be accessible by transit? Is their a buss route running along church, if so what is it? Or is there a daily shuttle running to and from the casino to a GO station?

    Merc asked about 1 month ago

    There will be a shuttle operated by Pickering Casino Resort which will run to/from the site to both Pickering GO and Ajax GO stations.

  • Is there scope for residence stickers to be applied to cars that would/could be permitted to use church street southbound/northbound. Stickers could be bright green coloured fir easy identification from distance?

    Paul Warwick asked about 1 month ago

    The closure on Church Street around the opening of the Pickering Casino is temporary. Traffic southbound will be restricted during this closure, northbound traffic will be unaffected. There are no plans to implement a resident sticker program. Traffic analysis shows that the diverted southbound traffic can be accommodated on the surrounding road network during the temporary closure.


  • What road expansions are planned for the extended area in order to accommodate the increased anticipated traffic? What accomodation is provided to cyclists on church street and Bayly?

    Paul Warwick asked about 1 month ago

    Traffic analysis completed for the first phase of development identified intersection improvements at Brock Rd & Bayly St, Squires Beach Rd & Bayly St, Church St & Kellino St, Church St & Bayly St, and Westney Rd & Bayly St. 

    There are existing multi-use paths on both Bayly St and Church St which provide accommodation for cyclists and pedestrians.


  • Hi there, will you guys be live streaming the meeting tonight?

    Mknowle38 asked 30 days ago

    Yes, the event will be live streamed on this page starting at 6 p.m. or you can tune on the Town's Facebook Page at facebook.com/myajax.

  • The answers to the questions below are less-than-adequate. I have numbered them below to ensure they are distinct. 1. Please identify who is answering these questions, is it the town of Ajax or the Casino employees? 2. How do we obtain a copy of the "Traffic Analysis" that is referenced several times below? 3. Who is responsible for completing the improvements identified in the "Traffic Analysis" 4. Have all improvements identified in the "Traffic Analysis" been completed? 5. If not, which have not been completed? 6. Who is proposing the closure of Church St. South? 7. Was this in the original "Traffic Analysis"?

    Greg Payne asked about 1 month ago

    1. Previous questions have been answered by Town staff. Where appropriate, questions are being directed to Pickering Casino, the City of Pickering Staff or others for input.

    2. A copy of the Traffic Analysis can be obtained from the City of Pickering. The City of Pickering Durham Live website can be found here: https://www.pickering.ca/en/city-hall/durham-live.aspx

    3. Agreements between the City of Pickering and the developer and Durham Region and the developer identify who is responsible for the various improvements. The City of Pickering should be contacted for more information on these agreements

    4. and 5. No, all improvements have not been completed to date. Improvements at Brock/Bayly, Squires Beach/Bayly, Church/Bayly and Westney/Bayly are not completed yet. The Town has been told all improvements will be completed in 2020.

    6.  The temporary closure of Church Street was identified in the Transportation Management Plan which has been developed for the opening of Pickering Casino. The closure of Southbound traffic is intended to help control traffic and ensure public safety for the days surrounding the opening of the Casino.

    7. The traffic analysis completed for approvals of this development was not required to complete the Transportation Management Plan. As noted above, this plan was completed in advance of the opening of the Casino. Its development is being led by representatives from Pickering Casino with input from the City of Pickering, Durham Region, DRPS, Town of Ajax and others.

    This Thursday you can join us in person or watch-live for the Pickering Casino Update Open House. There is a Q&A scheduled between 6:30 - 8 p.m.

  • From the article 'No gain for us': Casino traffic impact will be felt mostly in Ajax published in the Ajax News Advertiser, closing Church street going South (under the bridge) for 2 weeks, but possibly longer, and shuttle busses running from Kingston Rd. down Church Street South. What is Ajax councils plan and stance?

    M. Boudreau asked about 1 month ago

    Ajax Council is very concerned regarding traffic impacts and is monitoring the project closely. Please join us in person or live this Thursday to learn more about the site’s traffic management plan.

  • With more gambling and Coronavirus going. What are some of the precautions that the city is going to do to protect the people in the Town of Ajax. 1. Will there be more police's to stop crime. 2. How do you stop virus spreading with large gathering at the casino openning

    Resident of Ajax asked about 1 month ago

    Durham Region Health and the Ministry of Health are the lead agencies on COVID-19. Please refer to these two organizations for updates and information concerning public health. In terms of crime, please contact Durham Region Police Service.

  • As an Anglican priest in the parish of Ajax-Pickering, I am very concerned about the social impact of casino gambling. According to CAMH, gambling addiction leads to a range of serious problems. Addiction to gambling is linked to a range of serious personal and social harms such as depression and suicide, bankruptcy, family breakup, domestic abuse, assault, fraud, theft, and even homelessness. These effects can be devastating to the individual as well as their friends, family, workplace or community. That is why the Canada Safety Council considers gambling addiction a community safety and crime prevention issue. There are other ways to provide jobs, entertain and promote our community that are actually life-giving and have a positive impact on people's lives. Why have you chosen to introduce to our community, this socially destructive force? How is it possible to justify something that has the potential to destroy families and lives?

    The Rev. Susan Spicer asked about 1 month ago

    The new casino is located in Pickering, any comments and questions related to the operation of the casino should be directed to https://pickeringcasino.com/

  • I am the parish priest of St. George's Pickering Village in Ajax, at the corner of Randall Drive and Kingston Road. I am also a resident of Pickering Village, living on Church Street South, just up the road from this development. It is worth noting that we are not residents of Pickering but of Ajax, and have chosen to live in this relatively peaceful community. Added traffic on Church Street will have an extremely negative impact on the peace, safety and enjoyment of our neighbourhood. I urge you to find traffic solutions that respect the residents of the area. What is your plan to do this?

    The Rev. Susan Spicer asked about 1 month ago

    Following the opening of Pickering Casino, Town staff will be actively monitoring the traffic impacts of the development on Church Street, Pickering Village and the residential neighbourhoods north of Highway 401. Should the monitoring identify speeding or traffic calming issues, mitigation measures will be considered.

    We encourage you to attend the meeting this Thursday to learn more or you can watch it live online at www.ajax.ca/DurhamLive

  • Sorry, but something happened and the question was sent without being completed so please disregard. I have sent emails to our Regional Councillor regarding the heavy truck traffic on Church Street South. I know they have forwarded these to the affected parties, however, nothing has changed. With the nice weather coming we will have increased pedestrian traffic and bicycle lanes in use. We have two schools and two day cares to consider going forward. If things aren't corrected, a preventable tragedy is bound to happen. It would seem that a 'truck entrance only' from Bayly would the solution. Please put public safety first. Thank you, Robert Jager

    Robert Jager asked about 1 month ago

    Town staff are in continuous contact with Pickering Casino staff about our concerns regarding construction traffic using Church Street through the Pickering Village. They have acknowledged our concerns and have indicated they will work with their contractors to make changes.

  • I just read about Church Street South being closed beyond Mill Street. Had I know this was going to happen, I would have been front and center to fight this. I live in the village (30+ years) and getting to Bayly via Church Street south is a must. Now we will be incredibly inconvenienced by having to go south on either Westney or Brock? Why has this "opening" been not planned by improving and using Squires Beach Road North of Bayly to the casino? I'm sure there are many options that could have been considered, but to close Church Street? I sincerely do not see the logic in this. I'm sure it will also affect patrons of Annandale Golf Club. What a terrible plan.

    L Carlton asked about 1 month ago

    The closures of Church Street is temporary as identified in the Transportation Management Plan developed for the opening of the Pickering Casino. The closure of Southbound traffic is intended to help control traffic and ensure public safety for the days surrounding the opening of the Casino. Representatives from Pickering Casino, City of Pickering, Durham Region, DRPS, Town of Ajax and others will be meeting daily to discuss the closure to determine if it needs to remain in place or can be removed.

    There are many improvements to the surrounding road network, including Squires Beach Road, which have been identified and are in the process of being completed.

    The Town of Ajax is hosting a Public meeting on March 5th where they will be giving a presentation which provides specific details surround the opening of the Pickering Casino and the Transportation Management Plan.

  • What analysis has been done in regards to the safety impacts of the traffic to the families and children who attend the St. Francis de Sales elementary school on Church south of Kingston Rd? There have already been complaints for years about the lack of traffic control and speeding along this stretch. The 50km speed limit doesn’t help. I was informed by Marilyn Crawford this area would become a community safety zone. What is the status of that?

    TamA asked about 1 month ago

    With the opening of the Casino, Town staff will be actively monitoring the traffic impacts of the development on the Pickering Village and residential neighbourhoods north of Highway 401. Should the monitoring identify speeding or traffic calming issues, mitigation measures will be considered.

    Town staff recently reviewed and number of road segments in Town to determine if they should be identified as Community Safety Zones and Church Street South was one of those segments. In a staff report presented to Council at the February 18thGeneral Government Committee, Church Street South was identified as a segment for future consideration.

  • Will there be an new exit from the 401 to church street? I imagine this project once completed will add a great deal of traffic for the Brock rd. and Westney exits off the 401.

    ShantP1 asked about 1 month ago

    Traffic analysis completed for the first phase of development identified various intersection improvements in the area. As part of obtaining approvals for future phases of development, the traffic analysis will have to identify any additional improvements required and their timing, such as a potential interchange at Church Street. 

  • What proposals are there protect residents living between Church and Westney south of Kingston? The neighbourhood has limited sidewalks and additional traffic poses a serious threat to pedestrians. Would one way roads or speed mitigation measures be considered? As Church becomes busier overflow into our community is inevitable.

    L Reynolds asked about 1 month ago

    Wayfinding signage for Pickering Casino will direct visitors along the major Arterial roads in the area including Brock Rd, Westney Rd and Bayly St to get to the site. Town staff will be actively monitoring the traffic impacts of the development on the Pickering Village and residential neighbourhoods north of Highway 401. Should the monitoring identify speeding or traffic calming issues, mitigation measures will be considered.

  • With the additional traffic anticipated on Church Street resulting from the Casino, what road improvements are in the works to handle this load? There is a clear need for improvements to Church St. given the backup of traffic that exists today during rush hour. What is the process for getting a right turn lane installed southbound on Church St. to Bayly St. What is the process for getting a right turn lane installed northbound on Church St. to Kingston Rd. What is the timeline for opening the proposed interchange from the 401?

    Greg Payne asked about 1 month ago

    Traffic analysis completed for the first phase of development identified intersection improvements at Brock Rd & Bayly St, Squires Beach Rd & Bayly St, Church St & Kellino St, Church St & Bayly St, and Westney Rd & Bayly St. 

    As part of obtaining approvals for future phases of development, the traffic analysis will have to identify any additional improvements required and their timing, such as a proposed interchange.   

  • I am hosting a banquet at Annandale Curling Club on Church Street the evening of April 6. If this is the opening day of the casino, will there be a problem with people arriving? I am expecting 80+ participants and the dinner starts at 6:30.

    Janet Alexander asked about 1 month ago

    Based on current information from Pickering Casino, they plan to open the Casino the Week of April 6th. With an anticipated opening day mid-week.

    Pickering Casino representatives have been made aware of the Annandale Curling Club events from April 3rd and 6th. They have indicated they will reach out to the club directly to discuss any impacts. 

  • Still lacking specifics and with the opening so close when are the public ie. by the way of newspaper etc. going to be informed how it will impact our daily lives

    Needmoreinformation asked about 2 months ago

    At the March 5th Public Meeting, Town staff will be giving a presentation which provides specific details surrounding the opening of the Pickering Casino and anticipated traffic impacts. The presentation will also include an update on the overall development.

    All of this information will also be made available on the Town’s website and communication through the newspaper and our social media platforms leading up to the opening of the Casino

  • Hi there, when will the first phase be opening? Also will there be a transit bus running along church street ?

    Mknowle asked about 1 month ago

    The Casino opening is currently scheduled for the week of April 6th. The hotel and performing arts centre will still be under construction and will be opening later in 2020. Durham Region Transit has future plans to service the Casino site with buses on the Bayly bus route. The schedule and frequency of that service are still to be determined.