College Street construction ends in disaster
College Street, between Havelock and Shaw, might look messy right now, but what's happening on the street is just the tip of the iceberg. The city of Toronto terminated its contract with Four Seasons Site Development, the company that was working on College Street, after numerous delays. The entire project was supposed to be finished on Oct. 8.
According to a construction update, work stopped on Oct. 6. The fencing came down and another contractor stepped in to make the street safe again. Streetcar service resumed on Oct. 9 because, as the Toronto Star writes, the city couldn't keep paying for replacement buses.
The College Promenade Business Improvement Area initiated the project in order to beautify the streetscape with art installations, interlocking stone sidewalks and a slew of other enhancements.
Next spring, the city will re-tender in order to complete all of the remaining work. Local stores owners aren't too happy with what's happening.
Many told the Star that business has been way down and they're not looking forward to another summer of construction next year.
Earlier this summer we spoke to a number of businesses. While they were frustrated with the delays, many were still excited about how the finished project would enhance this stretch of College Street.
Photo by Hector Vasquez.
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