Update (September 15)
Update (June 15)
John has been pleased with the many conversations with residents through the City’s open house on May 25. The City will be taking back the feedback they have received at the open house and at design charrettes on June 9 and June 11.
Residents are invited to attend the next public Open House on Monday, July 25 from 5 PM to 8 PM at North York Memorial Hall (5110 Yonge Street). More information can also be found on the project’s website.
Update (May 18) – City Launches REimagining Yonge Street
The City has launched its consultation process titled “REimagining Yonge Street.” Through this process the City of Toronto will evaluate opportunities to improve the streetscape and public realm for all users (pedestrians, cyclists, transit and vehicles) along Yonge Street from Sheppard Avenue to the Finch Hydro Corridor. John believes that a significant investment from the City in this area can help create a more unifying hub in the centre of our community.
The first information night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 as a drop in from 5 PM to 8 PM at North York Memorial Hall (5110 Yonge Street). If you are unable to attend this Open House, you can still submit comments via email, mail, or phone until June 8, 2016 through the City’s project website.
Original Post (April 2016)
High density population hubs usually contain vibrant pedestrian environments featuring attractive streetscapes, great restaurants, an array of culture, and attractive retail stores. At the moment, apart from the subway system, the North York Centre has few of the positive traits normally associated with a large, concentrated, relatively-affluent population.
Traditionally, Yonge Street has acted as a large concrete divide between communities. We’d like to transform it into a focal point which brings neighbourhoods together. The street already has several landmarks which do that, such as Mel Lastman Square, the Rose Garden, Toronto Centre for the Arts, the North York Central Library, Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre and soon-to-be-added features including a St. Lawrence Market-style Marketplace on the west side of Yonge north of Park Home Ave. and an amazing Family Resource Centre in the Sheppard Centre.
Responding to John’s repeated requests, the City has begun studying how to make the North York Centre a more vibrant and appealing area both for residents and for business. We are looking at rebuilding and widening sidewalks, creating bike lanes, beautifying the streetscape and allowing more opportunities for outdoor cafes and other retail improvements.
This analysis, which involves several city departments, is being co-ordinated through the office of the Deputy City Manager. An Environmental Assessment, through which alternative designs are examined, has begun with a first community information night scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, May 25 (5-8 PM) at North York Memorial Hall (5110 Yonge Street). Detailed plans should be in place by sometime next year, with construction to begin in 2018.
John looks forward to hearing your thoughts as materials are presented.