The City is currently developing a Liberty Village Public Realm Strategy and a Neighbourhood Streets Plan, which focus on identifying opportunities for the City to expand and improve the parks and public realm, and improve road safety in Liberty Village. The Strategy emphasizes opportunities which leverage the potential of city-owned properties.  Components of the Strategy will include:

  • New public parks and open spaces
    • including transformation of the parking lot at 34 Hanna Avenue into a public park, after the space is used to host the FIFA World Cup 2026
  • Improvements to sidewalks and boulevards
  • Increase of soft landscaping, such as plants and trees
  • Provision of additional mid-block pedestrian connections through large properties
  • New traffic operations and street design measures, such as intersection safety improvements, speed humps, and sightline improvements

On June 19, 2022, Toronto and East York Community Council endorsed the draft Public Realm Strategy and requested City staff to continue refining and consulting on the Strategy while developing implementation plans. The final version of the Liberty Village Public Realm Strategy is expected to be reported to City Council in April of 2024.

 

The City invites you to learn more about this study and other related projects in Liberty Village.

Public Drop-in Event

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: 2 Fraser Avenue, Toronto ON M6K 1Y6 *

*This location is wheelchair/mobility device accessible. If you have a specific accessibility need or require other accommodation, please contact us.

To submit anonymous comments about this strategy, please use our Feedback Form.

For questions or comments requesting a response (e.g. related to changes next to you property), please contact staff directly using the contact information provided on this page.

Throughout the Study, the Liberty Village community has raised concerns about their experiences as road users. Transportation Services has developed a Neighbourhood Streets Plan to review these matters, including a study of parking supply and demand. Based on this review, new traffic operations and street design measures are being recommended to improve road safety, traffic management, and travel mode choice in Liberty Village, as shown in the map below.

Intersection safety improvement (e.g. zebra marking, curb extension) Conversion of boulevard parking to sidewalk/public realm improvement New stop sign Sightline improvement Candidate location for speed humps Potential future cycling facilities

See further details in the information materials in section above.

Liberty Village was historically an industrial/manufacturing district. The study area has two distinct areas. Over the last two decades the overall study area has transitioned away from industrial and employment uses with the construction of a number of residential buildings on the east side of Liberty Village between Hanna Avenue and Strachan Avenue, and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as new office, creative and information technology spaces, primarily on the west side of the study area, between Dufferin Street to Hanna Avenue.

A map of the Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services Study area, bounded by Gardiner Express Way, Dufferin Street, King Street West, and Strachan Avenue

West Liberty Village: Employment Area

The western portion of Liberty Village includes low to medium scale commercial and former industrial buildings, surface parking lots, and a City park containing Lamport Stadium. Numerous industrial heritage buildings within the area contribute to Liberty Village’s unique built character, many with heritage structures, formerly containing industrial uses that have been repurposed to include contemporary office and creative industry space. Recent developments in the area include a new 8-storey office building at 99 Atlantic Avenue and a 5-storey office building at 80 Atlantic Avenue. Owing to its primarily industrial past, portions of the streets and sidewalks in Liberty Village west of Hanna Avenue often offer poor pedestrian environments, limited tree planting and street furniture and boulevard parking along Liberty Street. In recent years, the Liberty Village BIA has been making some improvements to these streetscapes.

East Liberty Village: Mixed-Use Residential Area:

The lands in Liberty Village south of King Street, east of Hanna Avenue to Strachan Avenue were part of a comprehensive redevelopment of former vacant industrial lands known as the Inglis Manufacturing Lands. Over the last two decades, the former industrial lands have been redeveloped into a mixed-use community containing retail, townhouse complexes and a number of residential towers ranging in height up to approximately 29-storeys. As a result of these redevelopments, the population in the study area has increased significantly. Additional community services and facilities, parks and open spaces, and improvements to the public realm are needed to accommodate the  increasing population.

Online Interactive Map – September 2021 to June 2022

Interactive map where community member could identify places of importance and what needs improvement.

Community Consultation Meeting – May 25th, 2022

Community Consultation Meeting Summary Report – May 25, 2022.

A recording of the meeting held on May 25th, 2022 is available for viewing.

Community Consultation Meeting – December 7th and 8th, 2021

On December 7, and 8th 2021, City Planning hosted two consultation meetings to launch the study process to the community. The meeting included a staff presentation which was followed by a facilitated discussion period to gain feedback and answer questions.

A recording of the meeting at the December 7th, 2021 evening session is available for viewing.
A recording of the meeting at the December 8th, 2021 afternoon session is available for viewing.

Community Consultation Meeting Presentation – December 7 and 8, 2021.

Community Consultation Meeting Summary Report – December 7 and 8, 2021.

July 19, 2022 – Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services and Facilities Study – Update

A report was brought forward to TEYCC to provide an update on the Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services and Facilities Study. It provides an update on the findings and emerging directions of the Study, public realm objectives in a Draft Public Realm Strategy and the next steps to complete the study.  The study focuses on opportunities for the city to expand and improve the parks and public realm and add more community services and facilities including leveraging city owned properties to do so.

Staff have prepared a Draft Public Realm Strategy to be used in the review of development applications and to identify priorities for public realm improvements within the study area. The studies and fulsome analysis are required to complete the Public Realm Strategy. In order for public realm improvements to be completed, staff will bring forward a Final Public Realm Strategy document with the Final Report expected in Q2 2023.

February 16, 2022 – Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services and Facilities Study – Update Report

A report was adopted by TEYCC which provides an update on the Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services and Facilities Study. The report includes preliminary findings, community consultation feedback to date and short term implementation opportunities for public realm improvements.

June 24, 2021 – Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services and Facilities Study – Update
A report was brought forward to TEYCC to provide an update on the Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services and Facilities Study. It provides a status update on the study including a Terms of Reference, Community Engagement Strategy and estimated study timelines. The report was adopted with a motion by Councillor Cressy requesting the Director, of Community Planning to report back to TEYCC to January 2022’s meeting with a status report detailing preliminary findings, short term implementation opportunities for public realm improvements, and community consultation feedback to-date.

July 16, 2020 – Request for Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services and Facilities Study
Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) adopted Motion TE 16.58 with amendments, directing the Director of Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, in consultation with CreateTO, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation, Real Estate Services, Transportation Services and other necessary civic officials, to undertake a study of public space and other City-owned properties in Liberty Village. The motion directed staff to report back to Toronto and East York Community Council with a Terms of Reference and a Public Consultation Strategy. The Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District was also directed to report back to Toronto and East York with recommendations resulting from the study and associated consultation.

Public consultation is fundamental to the Liberty Village Public Realm and Community Services and Facilities Study. In order to have a successful outcome to the study process, it is important to integrate the ideas and feedback received from the community stakeholders during the study. Feedback from the community will help inform the study process, guide City staff and assist with the outcomes to be included in the final Public Realm and Community Services Plan document.

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