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June 27, 2007
City of Toronto working to beautify Union Station
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 its 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.

Media contacts:
Cindy Bromley, Manager, Finance and Administration Communications, 416-392-4993



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