Old East Village (OEV) is envisioned as a vibrant commercial core with a unique heritage character that serves as a community hub for local residents and draws visitors as a distinct destination. The construction plans for this project align with the vision for this area that has been developed to continue the momentum of three decades of revitalization efforts, the ongoing evolution and the current success of Old East Village and the surrounding areas.
Construction work will be done on Dundas Street between Adelaide Street North and Ontario Street in OEV beginning in 2020. The map below shows the construction project limits from English Street to Ontario Street in 2020 and from Adelaide Street to English Street in 2021.
- Phase 1 construction begins: Spring 2020
- Phase 1 construction ends: Fall 2020
- Phase 2 construction begins: Spring 2021
- Phase 2 construction ends: Fall 2021
This project will improve the streetscape while simultaneously addressing necessary underground work, including replacing and upgrading utilities, aging sewers.
The Transportation Impacts:
While work is underway on Dundas Street, between English Street and Rectory Street, drivers and cyclists will be able to access Dundas Street off of Rectory Street to head east only. The intersection of English and Dundas Streets will be completely closed. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the construction zone. Cyclists are reminded to dismount to pass through the construction zone.
A signed detour route will be in place on King Street for traffic heading east and on Queens Avenue for traffic heading west.
The Dundas Street (Old East Village) Vision:
Guided by the the Old East Village Dundas Street Corridor Secondary Plan, the Dundas Street (Old East Village) Infrastructure Renewal project follows the following principles:
- Foster the local and creative entrepreneurial spirit and support community economic development
- Respect and reinvest in heritage resources to enhance the unique character of the area
- Provide a distinct retail offer with a wide range of commercial uses including restaurants and cafes
- Create a safe and welcoming environment to pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities
- Establish safe connections to the local transit system and surface parking lots; and
- Support properly scaled residential growth.
The rendering above shows how, through complete street design, various features work together to help define paths that accommodate multiple types of movements including driving, biking and walking.