Full construction is now underway at the Sheppard Centre (northeast corner of Yonge & Sheppard). The focus of this work with be a complete reworking of the retail space which will feature a major grocery store, fitness centre and much more. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018. Several of the major retailers will remain open during the work and subway access will be maintained.
John has been working extensively with the property owners to minimize traffic disruption during the work. The initial construction proposal, which was accepted by City Transportation staff, would have closed down one lane of Yonge Street and one lane of Sheppard Avenue for close to three years. After feedback was gathered at a community meeting in November, John sent the plan back for revisions. Council has now approved a construction plan that will maintain 3 working northbound lanes on Yonge Street at all times.