Look out Queen West—John Street is on the rise.
The Urban Land Institute is giving almost $24,000 to kick-start revitalization of John Street in Weston. The money will be matched by other organizations, which will bring the total up to about $80,000.
Competition for the money appears to have been stiff. Ours was one of only two projects in Canada awarded a grant; twenty-eight other projects around the world were given money, but few received as much as Weston.
The money will go towards the regeneration plan that will make the street more attractive for retail, create a permanent space for the farmers’ market, and make a better link from the village to the commercial district.
In the press release, Frances Nunziata said, “This is a positive step toward seeing the community’s vision for a revitalized Weston Village become reality”
The plan and the grant have grown out of the Urban Land Institute’s design conference, which was held in May of this year. That conference was an intense planning session to take advantage of the redevelopment opportunities coming out of the building of the Air Rail Link and the new Weston station.