Front Street (Toronto)

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A Front Street sign in the Fashion District.
Looking west along Front Street towards the intersection of Front and Church Streets, with the Gooderham Building in the foreground and Brookfield Place behind it
The intersection of Front & Bay streets, with the Dominion Public Building in the background
Front Street in 1804

Front Street is an east-west road in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The street marks the rough outline of the shoreline of Lake Ontario as it existed during the original English settlement of York, then called Palace Street, named in honour of the second Parliament Buildings of Upper Canada or Palace of Parliament at the corner of Front and Parliament Street. The current shoreline is about 800 metres south as much of the inner harbour was filled in the late 19th and early 20th century for industrial development.

Famous sites that are located on Front Street include the CN Tower, Fairmont Royal York, and Union Station. Metro Toronto Convention Centre is located at 255 Front Street West. 151 Front Street West [1] is a carrier hotel that houses more than a hundred telecommunication companies, as well as the Toronto Internet Exchange.

The eastern section of Front Street, in the West Don Lands, east of Cherry Street, is being rebuilt as a broad tree-lined boulevard, intended to be pedestrian friendly commercial spine of the new neighbourhood.[2]

Front Street extension[edit]

A proposal to extend Front Street was made in 1999 as part of the Waterfront Regeneration plan. The plan would have extended the road west to Dufferin Street, adding connections to the Gardiner Expressway. The proposed extension is supported by local councillor Joe Pantalone, but is opposed by local residents who fear an influx of traffic into the Parkdale area.

Two local entrepreneurs, Fred Dominelli and Dale Martin, purchased some land in 1997 on the extension's route for $280,000, and stand to make a profit of nearly $7 million which is now the cost required to expropriate the land. The entire cost of the extension, once estimated at $120 million, has now grown to $245 million.[3]

On May 30, 2008, Toronto Mayor David Miller announced that the Front Street extension project would be cancelled as part of a waterfront development plan.

Crossroad connections[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Tenant Directory – 151 Front Street West". Allied Properties REIT. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  2. ^ Christopher Hume (2014-10-02). "Canary District planning lets derelict area soar: Hume". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2015-02-22. The main east/west axis of the Canary District, which extends from the Don River to Cherry St. south of Eastern Ave., is Front St. It now runs east to the newly configured Bayview. 
  3. ^ Astute councillor won't apologize for land purchases. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved on 2013-07-26.

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Coordinates: 43°38′43″N 79°22′55″W / 43.64528°N 79.38194°W / 43.64528; -79.38194