Bloor Street Project
Canada's Premier Shopping District Is Getting a Make Over
The Bloor-Yorkville BIA has partnered with the City of Toronto to completely transform and re-invigorate the corridor of Bloor Street between Church Street and Avenue Road. There are many exciting upgrades coming — and they are already underway! The BIA kicked off the Bloor Street Transformation Project with Mayor David Miller, Toronto Councillor Kyle Rae and many Bloor Street business owners at a groundbreaking ceremony held on July 9th, 2008.
In the fall of 2007, City contractors began replacing the antiquated water main system along Bloor Street. With that work completed, construction on the Bloor Street Transformation Project has begun to beautify and completely revamp Bloor-Yorkville's beloved fashion mile. The transformation will be phased in over 2.5 years with completion expected by the end of 2010.
Rather than replacing the boulevards with the standard concrete curbs and sidewalks, Bloor Street will boast extensive tree plantings in innovative and sustainable soil cell systems, widened granite sidewalks, seasonal flowerbeds and attractive up-lighting for each tree. The new Bloor Street design, created by Peter Clewes of Architects Alliance, will make the already popular shopping district a world-class and welcoming place to see and be seen. The elegant upgrades to the final finish are being funded by the Bloor Street businesses.
The result will be an inviting, vibrant commercial street that is pedestrian-friendly and provides a stimulating oasis for those who live, work and shop in the area. Bloor Street will establish itself as one of the most exciting must visit streets in the world!