Bloor Street Project
Bloor Street Transformation Complete
Toronto - it’s time to rediscover and enjoy your own world-class shopping and entertainment district. Bloor-Yorkville has enhanced its reputation as Canada’s premiere shopping district, with the completion of the Bloor Street Transformation Project.
This glorious (and green) transformation spans Bloor Street from Church Street, to Avenue Road, making it Toronto’s and Canada’s most ambitious, privately funded, streetscape project ever.
Fully funded by the Bloor Street BIA members, the $20 million project boasts 134 beautiful London Plane trees, planted in innovative and sustainable soil cell systems, to promote optimal growth, along with widened, pedestrian-friendly granite sidewalks and curbs, seasonal flowerbeds and attractive up-lighting for each tree. 80 bike rings and 27 granite benches have been installed, along with all the trees and plantings.
Permanent works of art, selected from submissions by renowned artists spanning the globe, will enliven the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Bloor Street, as well as the southwest corner of Bay and Bloor Street West.
The new Bloor Street design, created by the team at architects Alliance, was led by Peter Clewes and Adrian DiCastri. Their design has transformed the already popular shopping street into a vibrant, welcoming boulevard complementing the inviting selection of international and domestic luxury brand retailers, that have attracted millions of Torontonians and tourists to Bloor Street for decades.
While the process took some time, the end result was worth it. In the late 1990’s, the City of Toronto advised the Bloor-Yorkville BIA that extensive construction work was required to replace the antiquated water main system running the full length of the Bloor-Yorkville shopping district roadway of Bloor Street between Church Street and Avenue Road.
Recognizing the construction would have to be carried out, the BIA Directors decided to turn this situation into an opportunity and approached the City of Toronto, with the idea of completely transforming the corridor, with many exciting upgrades.
In the fall of 2007, City contractors carried out the watermain replacement project. With that work completed, construction on the Bloor Street Transformation Project began to beautify and completely revamp Bloor-Yorkville's beloved fashion mile. The BIA kicked off the Bloor Street Transformation Project at a groundbreaking ceremony, held on July 9th, 2008. The transformation was phased in over 2.5 years and completed October 2010. We invite you to come and enjoy it - it’s yours.