Bloor Street Retailers Take City to Court



    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Well-known Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby today
announced that he has launched proceedings seeking a delay in the construction
of the Bloor Street Transformation (BST) Project. For a project of this
magnitude, provincial law requires extensive economic studies and public
consultation, which the city has neglected to do.
    Recently, the City of Toronto, on the recommendation of the
Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area and the Bloor Street Business
Improvement Area, decided to conduct a major overhaul of Bloor Street between
Avenue Road and Church Street, the cost of which will be primarily borne by
businesses. This overhaul is known as the Bloor Street Transformation Project.
    Retailers on Bloor Street are concerned because the project has been
poorly planned. Further, the City has not considered the expertise of local
retailers or conducted the necessary expert studies of the potential negative
impact - economic and otherwise. There are aspects of the proposed project
that are not conducive to retail businesses and will cause irreparable
economic losses. In addition, there are both safety and environmental issues
within the existing plan that are of serious concern.
    "The Bloor Street Transformation Project was flawed from the start. It
has been planned, and is now being executed without the expertise of retail
businesses on Bloor. Not only are retailers paying $20 million of the total
$25 million project cost, but when improving a shopping district, it would be
common sense to consult with those who know shopping best - the retailers,"
said coalition lawyer Clayton Ruby, partner of the law firm Ruby & Edwardh.
"That's why my client has taken the drastic step of launching proceedings
against the City."
    Concerned About Bloor strongly supports efforts to improve the Bloor
Street shopping experience but believes that the involvement of retailers
throughout the process will ensure that the transformation of Bloor Street
will be a success for the whole community.

    Concerned About Bloor is a coalition of retail businesses operating on
Bloor Street that are concerned about the BST Project and the process by which
it was developed.





For further information:

For further information: Tyler Fleming, (416) 642-6122,
www.ConcernedAboutBloor.com

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