New and improved Yonge & St. Clair
Josh Matlow Ward 22 Councillor
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.