City of Toronto working to beautify Union Station



    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - The restoration of Union Station is moving along
full steam ahead, with the restoration of the west wing window and skylight
completed just over a month ago, and many other projects planned for 2007.
    "Union Station is a top priority for Toronto. It is very important that
the City restore this facility to its original beauty and improve it as a
transportation hub," said Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby (Ward 4 Etobicoke
Centre), Chair, Government Management Committee and member of the Union
Station Revitalization Public Advisory Group. "I want Union Station to be
recognized as the premier multi-model transportation hub in North America by
incorporating the most advanced environmental designs and energy-efficient
technology, while serving a broad range of passenger and pedestrian usage
within a heritage setting."
    The west wing window and the skylight were restored as part of a
$3 million project. The window was repaired and reinforced with steel, the
original and 1960's sashes were restored, 132 glass floor units were replaced,
and 28 original glass floor units at the attic level were restored and
reinstalled.
    The skylight was completely dismantled. Over 200 steel rafters were
repaired and rebuilt and all glass, flashing and roofing was replaced.
    "Since the City bought the station in 2000, we have been researching
opportunities to enhance the beauty of the station, and make it a destination;
make the station a place where people want to come and stay for a while," said
Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), member of the
Union Station Revitalization Public Advisory Group.
    Beyond the work on the skylight and west wing window, the City has
committed to significant work to keep Union Station safe, functioning and in
good repair, including:

    
    -   Ongoing anti-terrorist and emergency preparedness work, made possible
        by partial funding from the Transit-Secure program
    -   Roofing and masonry work
    -   Performing work as identified by the building condition audit
    -   Constructing the new south access tunnel to Union Plaza and
        Bremner Ave.
    -   Restoring the heritage flooring, particularly in the Great Hall
    -   Restoring the copper roof and skylights
    -   Fire and life safety upgrades.
    

    The report on the future opportunities for Union Station will be going
forward to the September Council meeting. The report will look at the many
opportunities the City has to develop and revitalize Union Station.
    "By investing in Union Station, the City is investing in our downtown
businesses. We are making it easier for people to work and get around
downtown," says Councillor Doug Holyday (Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre), member of
the Union Station Revitalization Public Advisory Group.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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