The Carlaw + Dundas district of our Leslieville neighbourhood has a rich industrial heritage dating back to the late 1800s. Early industries – including abattoirs, cattle sheds, piggeries, market gardens, brickyards, florists and a tree nursery – emerged to take advantage of the easy access to the growing city and Carlaw + Dundas' proximity to the Grand Trunk Railway.
The area is now surrounded by residential neighbourhoods that are transforming into a cultural and creative hub with a mix of employment and residential uses. The area has continued to change significantly even over the past decade.
That's why I have been working with the City to create a cohesive plan for the Carlaw Dundas neighbourhood, to create new public spaces and enhance streetscapes. I held community meetings to define principles for this project, and your feedback guided City staff who have been working with award winning landscape architecture and consulting firm Schollen & Company on conceptual designs.
On June 21, 2016, I hosted a public open house with City staff to:
- Present preliminary design concepts for three of the project sites;
- Present the short-list design options for the Carlaw + Dundas Signature Marker Design Competition;
- Gather feedback on the preliminary design concepts from the local community;
- Provide an update on the next steps in the process.
Let me know if you would like to receive future updates on this initiative by responding to this email.
Thank you for your input on this exciting project!