This lane east of Barrington Avenue and south of Coleman Park is among those being considered for improvements as part of the Danforth-Main Laneway Connection Project. Photo by Alan Shackleton.
By ALI RAZA, reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative
The lanes around Danforth Avenue and Main Street are getting a makeover as part of a local project to maximize their public use.
The Danforth-Main Laneway Connection Project will make improvements to three lanes: two adjacent to Main Street Station and one adjacent to Coleman Park.
The idea is to increase safety, improve visibility and create “permeable, friendly edges” with neighboring walkways and the park.
The project is a collaborative effort between a local nonprofit, The Laneway Project, the City of Toronto and the office of Beaches-East York Councilor Brad Bradford.
The Bradford office secured funding for the project from unspent funds in the city’s transportation services budget. “The alleys in our community have enormous untapped potential,” he said. “While alleyways generally serve a utilitarian purpose, with thoughtful community input they can transform the look, feel and safety of a neighborhood.”
As for timing, site survey and project planning will take place in winter and spring this year, while installations are scheduled for September and October.
In its current phase, members of the community have the ability to seek information and provide input in a number of upcoming online meetings.
On Wednesday, February 24, residents can register for the first meeting, Project Kickoff, which will be hosted on Zoom. Sign up at bit.ly/3dqoHmE
On Monday, March 8, another Zoom meeting will go through site analysis with a virtual tour of the area. To register, visit bit.ly/2M6t4bj
There is also a 31-question survey available at bit.ly/3azs0WM to submit by March 29.
Ali Raza is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter for Beach Metro News. His reporting is funded by the Government of Canada through its Local Journalism Initiative.