UPDATE, September 3rd, 2021:
From The City of Toronto – via an email from Tracy.Manolakakis@toronto.ca to the BIA and other stakeholders.

Dear Residents and Businesses,

The City is continuing to work with utilities to advance a design that deals with the underground conflicts for our Wellington Street project.

In the coming weeks, here is what you can expect to see taking place.

Intersection Work at Wellington/Church/Front

Starting on Tuesday, Enbridge crews will be working at the intersection of Wellington/Church/Front (southwest and southeast corners). This work is necessary so that they can confirm the exact location of their underground infrastructure.

The work is expected to be completed in one day over approximately 6 hours. The work will involve ‘daylighting’ small areas near the intersection to expose existing underground conditions.

Small sections of the sidewalk and the eastbound curb lane on Front Street approaching Church Street; and the northbound curb lane on Church approaching Front Street will be temporarily closed to traffic during that time.

Installation of Street Furniture and Planters

The litter bins removed to accommodate construction will be replaced and planters to cover the exposed light pole bases along Wellington will be installed by mid-September.

Enjoy your weekend.


Tracy Manolakakis (she/her)
Manager, Public Consultation Unit
Policy, Planning, Finance & Administration
City of Toronto
Tel: 416-392-2990
Email: tracy.manolakakis@toronto.ca

UPDATE, August 25th, 2021:
From The City of Toronto – via an email from downtownconstructionprojects@toronto.ca to the BIA and other stakeholders.

Good Afternoon Wellington Stakeholders,

We appreciate your patience while we continue to work towards a solution for the outstanding underground utility design issues that have delayed the Wellington Street watermain and track project. We understand your frustration with the delay and your need to receive important and relevant information in a timely manner.

To this end, City staff are working concurrently on three activities:

1) A plan to resolve all outstanding underground design issues and finalize a new design package with all approvals for October 30, 2021.
This work includes traffic signal design and getting approvals for temporary street lighting, hydro and TTC poles and sewer covers.

2) A report to the City’s Infrastructure & Environment Committee on September 14. This report, introduced via a members motion by
Councillor Wong Tam and passed at the July 14 City Council meeting, will include the following information.

a) What work has been undertaken on Wellington Street East during the last five years and what coordination efforts were made?

b) What factors led to the delays on the current streetscape improvement and track project?

c) What improvements to the process and work could have mitigated the delays?

d) What recommendations do we have to improve utility and construction management and collaboration to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of future streetscape work in the City of Toronto? How do we ensure something like this doesn’t happen again?

e) What is the status of outstanding work to complete on Wellington Street East, including a timeline for resolution for individual pieces of work?

f) Are there any potential options to accelerate outstanding work ahead of June 2022? What work can be completed between now and the start of construction in 2022?

g) What are the costs to the City for the delay in completing the work? Will any costs be recovered from external parties?

3) Completing onsite restoration work including:

· Fixing the water ponding issue in front of 20 Wellington Street. This will include a temporary measure of saw cutting in front of the building. We are working with our Contractor to finalize the timeline and will provide at least one week notice to property managers and impacted businesses prior to work be done. We anticipate that this work will only take a few hours to complete however please expect increased noise levels during the saw cutting.

· Replacing the temporary pylons with planter boxes around all pole bases. We anticipate this will be complete by early September.

· Property Managers between 20 – 50 Wellington who are expecting large deliveries or tenant move in/outs. If you need access to the Wellington Street curbside lane, please contact Senior Public Consultation Coordinator, Paul Martin (paul.martin@toronto.ca) at least two weeks prior to arrange for a reserved parking space on the requested date.

Project Communications

We want to assure you that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure we can re-start the project in Spring 2022 and complete it within a three month timeframe as we have previously indicated. That being said, we also want to address the tone and language of some of the correspondence we have been receiving that is being directed towards City staff. Language that is abusive, harassing, insulting, demeaning or threatening in tone is not acceptable or appropriate at any time.

We take all concerns seriously and are working to have them addressed. We remain committed to respecting the dignity and rights of the public we serve. As we move forward emails or messages received that include any inappropriate language or remarks that are deemed intimidating or disrespectful, will not receive a response from a Project team member.

The Wellington Project team consists of Project Managers, Engineers, Inspectors, Designers, Planners, Communicators, Stakeholder Representatives and other support staff. We are all trained professionals who take our roles and our service to the public very seriously. We have and continue to work collaboratively, diligently and with haste to resolve the challenges with this project so that we may resume and complete the work.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


The Wellington Construction Team

UPDATE, July 2nd, 2021:
From The City of Toronto –

The City of Toronto has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document with answers to the many questions raised by the public about the Wellington Project and will  issue a Construction Update to the community about the status of this project. These materials and all future updates will be posted here: www.toronto.ca/downtownconstructionprojects

During the shut-down period, the City of Toronto will be providing email updates to those interested as they make progress in the redesign and approval work process. Bi-weekly email updates will be issued when the contractor mobilizes the work crews next year and throughout the construction period to keep you informed of the project progress. To request to be added to this distribution list, please email Paul.Martin@toronto.ca.

Lastly, the City of Toronto will be establishing a Construction Liaison Committee, (CLC) comprised of BIA representatives, local residents representatives and commercial property owners that will meet bi-weekly starting early in the new year and leading up to and throughout the construction period. If you are interested in being a part of the CLC, please email Paul.Martin@toronto.ca. 

UPDATE, June 15, 2021:
Please click here to view statement from City of Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

UPDATE, June 14, 2021:
The following was sent by Paul Martin, Public Consultation Coordinator with the City of Toronto, to the BIA and stakeholders:

“The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission began construction work to renew the aging streetcar tracks on Wellington Street East between Yonge Street and Church Street and on Church Street from south of King Street East to Front Street East. The project also includes streetscape improvements at the intersection of Wellington Street East and Church Street.

The project was planned to be complete in September 2021. However, as construction work advanced, City staff and the project’s contractor encountered a number of complex underground infrastructure challenges that collectively impacted the contractor’s ability to deliver on the details of this multi-phase contract on time. In addition, we heard concerns from the business community in the area about the impact that this construction was having on restaurants and bars, especially those wishing to participate in the CafeTO program.

The City explored a number of options to address these challenges, but after careful consideration, the decision was made to halt construction work on the Wellington Street project until spring 2022. This is to provide City staff and contractors time to address and resolve the challenges mentioned above without causing further disruption to the residents and business community in the area.

Local Business

The City has been in communication with the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood Business Improvement Area (BIA) to facilitate registration for potential CaféTO locations in the area and to ensure locations are installed as soon as possible after the work zone is cleared.

•Dates when restaurants and bars in the area can setup their approved sidewalk or curb lane CaféTO locations are:

· Wellington Street East, between Yonge Street and Church Street, and Church Street, from south of King Street East to Front Street East, as soon as Sunday, June 20.

· Front Street East, between Church Street and Yonge Street, after Monday, June 21.

Please see the attached Construction Update #2  (click here for attachment)

Business owners are encouraged to forward concerns to Mark van Elsberg (MarkVanElsberg@stlawrencemarketbia.ca) at the St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA as the City and the BIA will continue discussions until work commences in the spring.

For concerns that are time sensitive please feel free to follow up with:
Public Consultation Coordinator, Paul Martin. Email: paul.martin@toronto.ca Mobile: 437-684-1848


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The City of Toronto and TTC are renewing aging streetcar tracks on Wellington St (Yonge St to Church St) and on Church St (King St E. south to Wellington St). In addition to track work, this project will include major streetscape improvements at the intersection of Wellington St and Church St transforming the area for the future. Please click here to read the official Construction Notice from the City of Toronto and TTC, which includes estimated phase dates and contact details.

Businesses Open During Construction
(See list below)

Dependent on Provincial direction pertaining to Covid-19, businesses within the construction area will remain open and greatly appreciate your continued patronage. Many have adapted their services and offerings during the pandemic. Please see a list of businesses below and use their contact information and websites to verify if they are open and to learn more about their offerings.

Allan Parss Salon, 42 Wellington St. E, 416-622-9070
Learn more:  allanparss.com

Aroma Espresso Bar,  20 Wellington St. E. #2, 647-748-6300
Learn more: aromacafe.ca

B & M Salon, 26 Wellington St. E., 416-840-0049
Learn more:  bmsalon.ca

BMO Bank of Montreal, 101 King St E, 416-360-0130
Learn more: branches.bmo.com/on/toronto/b0853/

Cantina Mercatto, 20 Wellington St. E, 416 304 0781
Learn more:  cantina.mercatto.ca

COMING SOON: Char Bistro, 40 Wellington St. E.,
Learn more:  charbistro.com

Dentistry On Wellington, 56 Wellington St. E., 416-865-9494
Learn more: dentistryonwellington.com

East Thirty-Six, 36 Wellington St. E., 647-350-3636
Learn more:  eastthirtysix.ca

The Flatiron: A Firkin Pub,49 Wellington St E, 416-362-3444
Learn more: firkinpubs.com/theflatironandfirkin

Garrison Bespoke, 26 Wellington St E #101, 416-566-2041
Learn more: garrisonbespoke.com

HotHouse, 35 Church St, 416-366-7800
Learn more: hothouserestaurant.com

Indigo Parking, 26 Wellington St. E., 416-506-1000
Learn more:  ca.parkindigo.com/en/car-park/26-wellington-street-east

Irish Embassy Pub and Grill, 49 Yonge St., 416-866-8282
Learn more:  irishembassypub.com

Power Up Game Bar, 38 Wellington St. E., 647-404-2937
Learn more: powerupbar.business.site

Pravda Vodka Bar, 44 Wellington St. E., 416-366-0303
Learn more: pravdavodkabar.com

Score On King, 107 King St E, 416-519-4654
Learn more: scoreonking.com

Sokalsky Dental, 26 Wellington St. E.,  416 – 369 – 1680
Learn more:  sokalskydental.com

Subway, 34 Church St, 416-368-1997
Learn more: restaurants.subway.com

SukhoTHAI, 52 Wellington St. E., 647-351-4612
Learn more: sukhothaifood.ca

TPH – The Print House, 26 Wellington St E (off Scott St.), 416-364-9158
Learn more: tph.ca/printing-near-me/ontario/toronto/downtown/wellington-st-east

Third Wave Coffee Inc., 42 Church St, 416-366-0666
Learn more: thirdwavecoffeeinc.com

Tim Hortons, 33 Yonge (facing Wellington E. & Scott St.), 416-913-5755
Learn more: timhortons.ca

Uncle Tony’s, 38 Wellington St. E., 416-455-6650
Learn more:  uncletonys.ca

Valet Cleaners, 38 Church Street, 416-364-7924
Learn more: goo.gl/maps/9auMvQ5Ty3wz46Ar8

Wellington HealthCare, 54 Wellington St. E., 416-366-5660
Learn more: wellingtonhealthcaretoronto.com

Wellington Hair Salon, 33 Yonge St., 416-363-8330
Learn more: thewellingtonsalon.com

The Works, 60 Wellington St. E., 416-594-9675
Learn more: worksburger.com

Yonge and Front Dental, 33 Yonge St., 416-364-2444
Learn more: yongefrontdental.com

Looking for more local businesses to support? Click here for our Old Town Toronto Business Directory.

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