Londoners will get a taste of what the future of Dundas Street could hold as officials test out the flex street idea this weekend.
The launch event for My Dundas is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dundas St with workshops, live music from Ivory Hours and Sarah Smith, food trucks, and more between Richmond St. and Talbot St. During the event. Dundas St. will also be closed to vehicular traffic between Richmond and Talbot.
The project is branded as a creative community discussion led by the City about transforming Dundas St. in “Dundas Place,” an exciting street and unique destination. The project designers will also be on hand to talk with residents.
Officials say the project is not an attempt to turn Dundas St. into a pedestrian only street.
“What it isn’t is closing a street down entirely,” said John Fleming, the managing director of planning for the City of London.
“This is where the term ‘flex street’ comes from. It allows the street to be flexible to the programming that is desired for the street, at different times of the day, at different days of the week, and at different weeks of the year.”
Janette MacDonald of Downtown London says this project has the potential to do a lot for the downtown.
“This is the kind of change that we experienced with Budweiser Gardens, or the John Labatt Centre when it was built,” said MacDonald.
“This is transformational.”
The total cost of the project is estimated at $20-million, but 80 per cent of that is expected to go towards underground sewer and water upgrades.
The flex street is part of London’s Downtown Plan, which looks to identify major initiatives that can help the Downtown flourish. There have been six Strategic Directions identified in the plan, and the Dundas Street revitalization has been marked as the first project.
The City will continue to host events, turning Dundas into a flex street over the next year as they continue to gather information and feedback from the community.
For more information, visit the My Dundas website.