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December 21, 1998
Mayor Lastman unveils winning design for Dundas Square
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How is the southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets going to change?

Completely--according to the winning entry in the City of
Toronto's Dundas
Square design competition, announced by Mayor Mel Lastman on
December 1,
at a City Hall reception. The design team led by James Brown and
Kim Storey
was chosen by a distinguished panel of design experts, urban
planners and
architectural academics.

"Building this square marks the rebirth of downtown Yonge
Street," said Mayor
Lastman. "It will become the meeting place for Torontonians into
the next

Of the 48 entries received in the first stage
of the competition, six were selected
for jury deliberation. The two-stage competition was open to
design professionals
around the world. Brown and Storey's panels, plus those of the
second and third
place finishers, Oleson Worland Architects, and Bregman+Hamann
respectively, are on display in the front lobby of the Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street (between King and Wellington), until early January. Admission
to the display area is free of charge.

"We can't wait for construction to begin," said Toronto City
Councillor Kyle Rae.
"This project has been a long time coming and we're thrilled to
see it finally
getting underway."

The one-acre square will be located on the southeast corner of
Yonge and
Dundas Streets. It will include expanded access to the Dundas TTC
station and
will cover a new 250-car underground parking garage.

"I'm tremendously impressed at the calibre of all the entries,"
said Joe Berridge,
professional advisor. "Everyone saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to
design an important piece of Toronto which will be here for
generations to come."

In addition to the creation of the public square, the broader
Yonge Street
rejuvenation project will see a massive entertainment complex
built on the
northeast corner of Yonge and Dundas. The complex, dubbed
Metropolis, will
include retail stores, restaurants, and a 30-screen movie theatre.

Construction is slated to begin in January 1999.

Media Contact
Robert Glover
City of Toronto
(416) 392-1126

Joe Berridge
Urban Strategies
(416) 340-9004



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