DATE: 2017-07-17 13:59:07
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LINK: newsletter-july-2017
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Newsletter July 2017
Updated Jul 17th, 2017
Construction Update
Despite frequent rain, the sidewalk construction is progressing at a good pace, and we have been assured that the project will remain on schedule. The south side is on track to be finished by the end of July, and the north side by the end of August. There are two teams of workers on this project, and they have been good to ensure pedestrian access is maintained to each storefront during this process. After which, the Parkettes on Ryerson and Denison will be completed in the fall without further disruption on Queen Street West. We are keeping a close watch over their work, and have bi-weekly meetings with the project manager for updates. For more information email:
On-Street Parking
Program Review
The Toronto Parking Authority has reviewed their hourly rate structure for on-street parking, and determined that a price increase is necessary. Their position comes from multiple factors; the rate of inflation, turnover demand, public transit rate increases, and a comparison to similar North American cities. Their proposal suggests our community will see a price increase from $3/hr to $4/hr along Queen Street W, between Bathurst and Simcoe.

The TPA is seeking your feedback on the proposed changes before they are approved. To explain how these changes may affect your business, please email: 

Ian Maher, Vice President of Strategic Planning (Ian.Maher@Toronto.caOR 
Ann Marie Chung, Sr. Policy & Planning Analyst (
prior to Friday, September 1st, 2017.
Up & Coming
There are proposals for new construction in our area, and their Development Applications with the city are currently Under Review. The consultation periods for both developments is not open, but you can contact the associated City Planners for more details.

464 Queen Street W 
Planner: Paul Johnson (
Follow this link for a description and renderings of the expected product:

336 Queen Street W 
Planner: Kirk Hatcher (
Follow this link for a description and renderings of the expected product:
Instagram under new Management
Have you met our new Instagram photographer Patrick? Make sure your business operators are on the lookout for him, because their shop might be the next one to get featured! Follow @QueenStWestBia on Instagram and Twitter, for pictures and community updates.
Sidewalk Cafes & Marketing Displays Review
The City is reviewing permit fees, regulations, as well as the design for sidewalk cafés and marketing displays. Two public meetings were held to review proposed new regulations; proposed fees; and issues related to movement on the sidewalk. Follow this link for more information:
We have partnered with The Laneway Project, our City Councillors office, and the Garment District to throw a community event in Graffiti Alley. The event will have live music, local food vendors, a licensed bar, and several activations organized by your neighbours. Everyone is invited, so please stop by and introduce yourselves to the organizers in the hard hats!
Queen Street West Experiences
We are developing promotional packages that offer curated experiences within our neighbourhood for a variety of demographics. These outings will be designed around seasonal holidays, city events or festivals (ex. Mother’s Day, Janes Walks, Back to School, Canadian Music Week, Nuit Blanche, etc.). The packages would then be advertised to the public as contest prizes, and winners would be required to share their experiences via their social media for additional advertising. If you would like your business to be part of this campaign, please email: for more information.
New Store Lookout
There are several new businesses in the community, so please take a moment to meet your new neighbours and make them feel welcome!
Social Media Content
Do you need help with your online and social media presence?
CONTACT: for a FREE session with our content creators!
They will generate & edit professional photos, videos, and written descriptions based on the needs of your business.
Follow this link to see a sample of their work: