New and im­proved Yonge & St. Clair

Josh Mat­low Ward 22 Coun­cil­lor

Village Post - - News -

Yonge and St. Clair is sur­rounded by some of Toronto’s most beau­ti­ful neigh­bour­hoods. Yet many of the vi­brant shops and res­tau­rants that used to dom­i­nate its main streets have long since closed.

This de­cline can be at­trib­uted to a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing the clo­sure of the two movie theatres on Yonge Street, the loss of of­fice work­ers from Im­pe­rial Oil and CHUM ra­dio who once fre­quented busi­nesses, and de­vel­op­ers buy­ing prop­er­ties they sat on while at­tempt­ing to push out ten­ants.

Yonge and St. Clair has so many pos­i­tive at­tributes that would make it a re­mark­able des­ti­na­tion for would-be re­tail­ers. The in­ter­sec­tion is served by two tran­sit lines, has nearby ravines and parks and is at the heart of Deer Park and Sum­mer­hill. It’s time for a re­nais­sance at Yonge and St. Clair.

We took the first step by work­ing with a lo­cal prop­erty owner, Slate, and the City of Toronto to add re­mark­able public art — a land­mark mu­ral.

CNIB has part­nered with the city to make Yonge and St. Clair the most ac­ces­si­ble in­ter­sec­tion in Canada with new tech­nol­ogy to sup­port the vi­sion im­paired. My of­fice has also been work­ing with lo­cal mer­chants to es­tab­lish a Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Area, which will help mar­ket the area and sup­port ac­cess to streetscape im­prove­ments. We’ve worked with the Deer Park Res­i­dents Group to de­sign and fund branded street signs, which will be in­stalled in 2018. We suc­cess­fully moved a mo­tion in coun­cil to move for­ward with a new se­condary plan to help en­sure new growth con­trib­utes to the qual­ity of life for lo­cal res­i­dents.

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