Following more than 10 years of planning, consultation, engineering and design, the City of Toronto began construction to reconfigure the Six Points intersection in March 2017. The reconfiguration supports the development of Etobicoke Centre as a vibrant mixed-use transit-oriented community and the design features:
- a new road network and at-grade intersection at Dundas, Bloor and Kipling
- complete Streets, with improved pedestrian facilities, wide boulevards, trees, street furniture, improved access to Kipling Subway Station, cycling facilities and separated bike lanes installed on all major streets
- new land available for potential uses such as parkettes, public art installations, development and other amenities
- a district energy plan
Reconstruction of the Six Points Interchange follows an Environmental Assessment completed in 2008, and detailed technical design study completed in 2016. The reconstruction removes existing bridges constructed in 1961, and creates regular intersections between Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West.
About Etobicoke Centre
Etobicoke Centre runs along Dundas Street West from Shorncliffe Road to Kipling Avenue, and between Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West from Kipling Avenue to Montgomery Road. Over the next several years, Etobicoke Centre will develop as the urban focal point for the western part of the City of Toronto, and is one of four centres identified in the City’s Official Plan to be redeveloped to encourage a high concentration of residents, employment, and economic activity.
The existing configuration of the Six Points Interchange is a significant barrier to development and realization of the vision for Etobicoke Centre. Plans for intensification have been studied extensively over several years, and many policies have been adopted and led to the reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange.
You can read more about these studies below.
- Six Points Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (2008): The City undertook a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to examine options for the reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange to support the development of Etobicoke Centre and the objectives of the Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan. The recommended design was based on the removal of the existing bridges and the creation of regular intersections between Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West.
- Toronto Official Plan and Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan (2002): Etobicoke Centre is one of four “vital mixed use communities” know as the Centres in Toronto’s Official Plan (OP) that encourages creating a concentration of workers and residents to create significant centres of economic activity.Opportunity for significant development is identified for Etobicoke Centre, particularly around the Kipling and Islington subway stations and on the Westwood Theatre Lands. The OP also identifies the opportunity to improve services to residents by moving municipal and other government services to the area. The Secondary Plan further clarifies land use policy for the centre, and identifies the Westwood Theatre lands as opportunity to develop a campus of institutional, residential, and office uses.
- District Energy Plan: An innovative element that will be incorporated into the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration is the use of district energy. This initiative is being led by the City’s Energy Efficiency Office. Design details can be reviewed in the June 2014 and June 2013 presentations under the Have Your Say tab.
- West District Design Initiative (2007): Building on opportunities identified in the Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan, the City completed the West District Design Initiative to determine city building visions for current Etobicoke Civic Centre Lands, the Bloor-Islington Lands, and Westwood Theatre Lands. A series of design charettes led to design guidelines for the three sites. The Westwood Theatre Lands study provided two separate guideline options: a Civic Centre option and a Mixed-use Centre option. Both options included a strong pedestrian network, parks and open space system, and similar built form layout, land use pattern, traffic and parking concepts.
- Etobicoke Centre Streetscape and Open Space Plan (2011): To finalize streetscaping and open space plan details across Etobicoke Centre, the City undertook an urban design study between 2009 and 2011. This study included detailed streetscape designs for the new roads to be constructed following the Six Points Reconfiguration EA. Cross sections finalized in this study included public realm details such as pedestrian clear zones, market zones and tree planting zones.
- Kipling Anchor Mobility Hub: Etobicoke Centre includes the Kipling Mobility Hub, adjacent to and overlapping the Six Points Interchange. Kipling is one of 18 Anchor Mobility Hubs in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area identified by Metrolinx’ Big Move regional transit plan (developed in 2012 and revised in 2015). Anchor Mobility Hubs have significant potential to attract new growth and development and the potential to transform the regional urban structure.