Londoners were able to get a sneak perk at the redesigning of Dundas Street during an information session Wednesday.
The so-called “Flex Street” proposal revamps the first five blocks on Dundas Street from Wellington to the Thames to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
The four-block stretch of the street will be renamed “Dundas Place.”
“What we are looking at is a plan for how we, as a team, have envisioned a flex street,” City Planning Director, John Fleming tells AM980.
“One that can do great things for the downtown and become a great place instead of just a street.”
The $15.9 million plan, which was approved during budget deliberations, will work to serve as a people-oriented designation.
“It’s something that will shift and form to allow cars onto the space at certain times of the day,” Fleming says.
“Even [prohibiting] on-street parking at certain times of the day and perhaps into the evening or on the weekends to have the cafes and restaurants spill out. Or even closing the block for street festivals.”
The detailed design of the new landscape is set to begin in 2017. Construction will then begin in 2018, before wrapping up in 2019.
The project is the first of many in London’s Downtown Plan.
With files from Rana Aladdin, Matthew Trevithick