eNewsletter: Infrastructure Ontario provides info on Athletes’ Village, Feast comes to Corktown & more!

CONVERSION COMING: The Pan Am Games Athletes’ Village is in the process of being converted to the Canary District, a new area in Corktown. Infrastructure Ontario has provided us with some info. Photo by Dan Philips.

ATHLETES’ VILLAGE CONVERSION: Infrastructure Ontario has released an information sheet with details on their plan for converting the Pan Am Games Athletes’ Village into market and affordable housing. You can check out the information page here.

The highlights:

  • Cherry Street and Old Eastern Avenue are set to re-open on September 30. (Note: The northbound lane of Cherry will be closed to vehicles in the near future for 4-6 weeks to accommodate some watermain work. Timing for that is still TBD – we’ll let you know when it’s scheduled.)
  • The sections of Mill Street and Front Street east of Cherry are scheduled to remain closed until the conversion is complete in Spring 2016.

The CRBA would like to see Infrastructure Ontario open Front and/or Mill as soon as possible. We’ll be working with IO to see if the timeline can be accelerated.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING UPDATE: Metro News has an article about the two affordable housing buildings in the Athletes’ Village — as always, there’s lots of demand for affordable places to live in Toronto.

WATERFRONT TORONTO NEWSLETTER: For more updates on the West Don Lands and other water-adjacent projects, Waterfront Toronto has released their newsletter for August-September 2015. It’s packed with info.

A CORKTOWN FEAST: If you’ve been wondering who or what will take over the former Gilead Cafe space, wonder no more. Feast, a company with a “mobile application that provides a fresh approach to meal delivery” has announced that they’ll be setting up shop this November. Read the details here.

LOWER DON TRAIL: Runners and cyclists be advised: work will begin on Phase 1 Construction of the Lower Don Trail Improvements this month. This initial phase will see a new pedestrian bridge at Pottery Road and trail repairs. Details are available on the project website. There is also a public information session set for this Tuesday, September 15 between 4:30 and 8 p.m. at St. Simons-the-Apostle Anglican Church, 525 Bloor St. E.

CORKTOWN KITCHEN: The Dialog, George Brown College’s student newspaper, has a great article about The Corktown Kitchen, one of the neighbourhood’s newest restaurants. Check it out here.

ON STAGE: Alumnae Theatre debuts their much-anticipated production of ANTIGONE this Friday, September 18. You can get tickets online.

STOPGAP: We want to give a shout-out to Luke Anderson and his Stop Gap foundation for presenting at last week’s CRBA public meeting. Luke is doing amazing work helping businesses get more accessible to people of all abilities — we’re looking forward to bringing that kind of accessibility to Corktown. If you want more information, visit the StopGap Foundation website, and please consider giving a donation.


  • First Gulf’s planned development just across the river at 21 Don Roadway will have big impacts for Corktowners. To keep informed, attend the next Community Workshop on Thursday, October 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. It’ll be held at the Ralph Thornton Centre at 765 Queen East. Details about the project and the meeting are available at the new Project 21 website.

Got a story about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

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