Main Street Unionville is home to a unique collection of shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as trails and the renowned Varley Art Gallery. It boasts many of the original buildings from the 1800s and is the scene of many family-friendly festivals, concerts and events.
But change is in the works, as the City of Markham moves forward with the Main Street Unionville Revitalization project.
The Main Street Unionville Community Vision Plan, a comprehensive study undertaken by the city from 2013 to 2015, created a future blueprint of Main Street Unionville and identified challenges and opportunities in reimaging the function and design of Main Street and its surrounding area. It promoted a variety of improvement projects, including a streetscape beautification initiative, much in consultation with the Historic Unionville Community Vision Committee.
In response to that Vision Plan, the city initiated the Main Street Unionville Streetscape Master Plan for the Commercial Core in 2018. Design concepts were developed and presented in a community open house in early 2019. Council approved the preferred streetscape concept in March 2022. Since then, the City of Markham has hired engineering consulting firm of CIMA+ to complete the design of infrastructure and streetscape improvements on Main Street from the train tracks to Carlton Road and on Lane Way which is just east of Main Street.
Additionally, a new street light system will be incorporated from Hwy. 7 to Carlton Road. The project promises to address important underground infrastructure improvements to watermains and storm sewers, installation of new sidewalks, boulevard and road surfaces.
The city held a virtual Community Engagement Meeting on June 23 to introduce the project, the design process, highlights of the preliminary design and construction consideration and gather community feedback. The city encourages you to sign up for the project mailing list to receive additional notices regarding future public events, as well as other opportunities to provide input for the project as it moves forward through the design process.
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Photo: The City of Markham moves forward with the Main Street Unionville Revitalization project.