Bloorcourt residents, rejoice! Dufferin Station will be the next station to receive upgrades. Plans to revitalize Dufferin Station were presented yesterday at Dovercourt Baptist Church, where TTC representatives were on hand to discuss the plans and field questions from the community. The forty-one million dollar project, led by Project Manager David Grigg, is slated to start later this year, and will take two and a half years to complete.
Among the improvements you’ll enjoy in the near future are canopies to bus waiting areas on both sides of the street, a reconfigured main building, new entrances to the station, new signage, elevators, and art!
Your new Dufferin Station will also be an environmentally conscious one. The fluorescent T-12 lights currently operating in the station will be swapped with more energy efficient T-8 bulbs. And, because the new entrance of the building has been designed to use sunlight to light the station during daytime hours, the overall consumption of energy will be reduced.
Ah yes, Bloorcourtians, your day has arrived. And about time too—Dufferin Station hasn’t seen major upgrades of any kind since it first opened for service in 1966. But celebrations may have to wait just a tad bit longer. It seems the residents of New Horizon, the apartment building located on the northwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin, have some issues with the project. Should the west-end entrance go as planned, the driveway to the building’s only parking lot may become unusable. Most of New Horizon’s 180 residents are seniors and retirees attended to by a full-time nurse, and delivery of supplies is pretty important. Also, the subway sign at the entrance is sure to turn into a second sun at night. Their rooms being so nearby, it’ll be a veritable nightlight for those who haven’t had to sleep with one for a long time now.
Once these issues have been discussed, and the plans tweaked accordingly, Dufferin Station will probably become the hottest spot in Toronto. No, not really! It’s just a station!
All renderings courtesy of the TTC.