Yonge Street is the central transportation corridor and pedestrian promenade within North York Centre. Under the provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the North York Centre is identified as an urban growth centre. While this area is transforming into a transit-oriented and dynamic mixed-use area, the implementation of the street vision has not been fully achieved or kept pace with this evolution. Today the area is faced with challenges from inconsistent features such as sidewalks, pedestrian crossing and medians to lack of dedicated cycling facilities and concerns over traffic movement.
Over the past few years, the City has completed work on Yonge Street related to upgrading the underground services (i.e. watermains). However, the overall surface condition on Yonge Street (ie. pavement, sidewalks) requires significant investment to maintain a state of good repair.
This study provides an opportunity to create an attractive and consistent streetscape with design appropriate to the civic goals of the North York Centre that will serve people of all ages as they travel in and around the area for work, school and leisure.