On Monday, December 9, the last brick was laid on Dundas Place by Mayor Ed Holder along with Ward 13 Councillor Arielle Kayabaga and members of the Dundas Place community. This also marked the reopening of the street from Wellington Street to Ridout Street.
“Today, we complete the foundation for London’s first flexible street,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “With all four blocks open, Londoners can now move through the area with ease, enjoy the extra-wide sidewalks, start to see the beauty in the streetscape and regain easy access to the shops and services and restaurants.”
More than 700,000 paving bricks were laid on Dundas Place during the 2018/2019 construction seasons. With the “floor” complete, the street will remain open but finishing touches will continue throughout the winter and into the spring of 2020.
“Dundas Place is a shared space for all Londoners regardless of how they are travelling, but you’ll notice that it looks and feel different than any other street in London,” says Doug MacRae, Director of Roads and Transportation at the City of London. “While it’s still a two-way street, it has been redesigned to provide a more comfortable and welcoming experience for people who are walking, bicycling or driving.”
London’s new “flex” street design encourages lower speeds, includes extra-wide sidewalks and flexible streetscape features such as tables and chairs, moveable planters, removable bollards and special lighting units to encourage activation of the space year-round.
“Dundas Place can remain open to traffic much of the time, but has built-in features that give our community the flexibility to easily host more day-to-day activities or to transform the street for special events,” says Jon-Paul McGonigle, Division Manager of Parks and Recreation at the City of London.
Stay tuned for more information from the City of London as preparations are underway to celebrate the official grand opening of Dundas Place in the spring of 2020.