REimagine Yonge Street (UPDATED)

REimagine Yonge Street (UPDATED)

Update (September 15)

Over the spring and summer hundreds of Willowdale area residents have offered their thoughts on “REimagine Yonge”, the Environmental Assessment currently being conducted by the City of Toronto looking at opportunities to improve the streetscape and public realm along Yonge Street from Sheppard Avenue to Finch Avenue.
Residents at the last public Open House on July 25 had the opportunity to offer their thoughts as the City focused its scope on an option that would “transform” the streetscape.  Residents interested in viewing the panels from this open house can access them here.
The City is moving forward with selecting a preferred design option.  Their recommendation will be presented at the final public Open House onThursday, September 29 in the main foyer of the North York Civic Centre from 5 – 8 PM.  Details will also be posted on the City’s project website.
In order to accelerate the detailed design work that will follow in 2017, the City is also preparing to undertake geotechnical investigations along the Yonge Street corridor to collect soil, asphalt and groundwater samples.  The drilling of boreholes in various locations will require short term lane closures on Yonge Street during the month of September and into October.  John has stressed with Transportation staff that these must be well coordinated and occur, as much as possible, outside of rush hours.

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.

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