I am pleased to announce that as a result of our work together and the motions I moved at City Council, the City of Toronto has introduced new support for businesses on Eglinton Avenue.
As you know, construction work for the Eglinton Crosstown, a historic transit investment that is long overdue, is well underway as a result of our shared efforts and advocacy to bring fast, reliable and convenient transit to our neighbourhood. However, this period of transformation has been very challenging for our local businesses and residents.
Since construction began, I have worked with Metrolinx, their constructor, businesses and residents to help mitigate the impacts of construction on our community. While we will continue with these efforts, like bringing a new Green P parking lot at Caledonia and Eglinton, I also brought forward recommendations to City Council to do more.
The new measures to help Eglinton businesses include:
- A new $6 discount code to anyone who uses the Green P app to pay for parking within 200 metres of Eglinton Avenue from Jane Street to Don Mills Road. The code will be usable for the entire construction period of Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Use code: crosstown
- $100,000 from the City for programs to help impacted Eglinton businesses
- Spring clean-up blitz along Eglinton to tidy up the street and welcome shoppers and visitors
- Reviewing the feasibility of a City-run program that would allow retail areas affected by construction to access supports in times of large-scale construction projects
- The TTC's two-hour, time-based transfer at the end of August 2018, which would allow commuters to hop on and off the bus and shop along Eglinton
In response to my motion, Metrolinx has also agreed to support the City's efforts by:
- Supporting the Oakwood community and celebrating its Caribbean roots through a new, targeted advertising campaign this spring
- Continuing this year's Gallery City initiative this summer with a formal launch event in June
- Bolstering a "shop local" marketing campaign to encourage shopping on Eglinton and to reinforce that Eglinton is still open for business
- Funding the costs of installing temporary bus shelters along the corridor
- Covering event fees for BIA and community events along the Eglinton Crosstown corridor during this entire construction period
- Paying Eglinton restaurants' registration fees to participate in Winterlicious and Summerlicious events during construction
Locally, we will also continue to collaborate with the Fairbank Village BIA for spring and summer events to bring people to the neighbourhood.
We will also build on our efforts to preserve and celebrate Eglinton's Caribbean roots in the York Eglinton BIA area, or Little Jamaica, by continuing to hold celebrations, public art installations and promotional efforts, as we have in recent times.
We must continue to support local businesses and our community in this period of massive transformation, and I will continue to work with all of you in enhancing the vitality of Eglinton Avenue.
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