The area near Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street has long had the dual challenges safety and development issues. Almost immediately after taking public office, I became involved in efforts to revitalize the area, which included a new planning framework for the area. The Downtown East Planning Framework that resulted identifies sites with redevelopment potential, encourages new affordable housing, protects institutional uses such as Seaton House and guides community benefits such as park and public realm improvements. Critically, the plan helps prevent new shadowing on Allan Gardens, which is currently threatened by several development applications.
With the support of the community, through our efforts, the study area boundaries were expanded and a new Heritage Conservation District was implemented. Resources have also been directed to a new community facility at 200 Dundas Street East which is slated to become Canada's first Indigenous Business Incubator and the revitalization of George Street is also currently exploring new streetscape improvements.
The Downtown East Planning Study was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Read the settlement that was approved at City Council.