As proposed in the original rezoning application, Markham Street will be designed as a pedestrian oriented public realm inspired by its heyday, when artists took over front lawns to create wide sidewalks and community gathering spaces. The revised proposal builds upon and enhances the original concept.
Additional heritage retention along Markham Street and at the corner of Bloor and Markham help further define Markham Street and reaffirm the tangible and intangible history that has defined the site. The retention of the full 3-dimensional form of heritage buildings on the east side of Markham has opened up the street and enhanced the scale and transition to the surrounding residential neighbourhoods.
The deletion of a number of proposed buildings on the west side of Markham Street allows for additional heritage buildings to be retained and for the creation of a large new on-site public park opposite Mirvish village Market.