Project Update - March 2017
Construction on the Front Street Mews is underway starting with the removal of the existing barriers and installation of new barriers between the Mews and the Front Street truck route. Work is also underway on site preparations for the new parklet located at the corner of McKenzie Street and Front Street. Once complete, the parklet will serve as a focal point for social gathering and civic animation.
Beginning the week of March 27th, the temporary sidewalks located between McKenzie Street and Sixth Street will be removed and new permanent sidewalks will be installed. Pedestrian and wheelchair access will be maintained at all times. Alternate parking will be available to all affected residents and businesses along Columbia Street and the Front Street Parkade.
Please be advised that during this time the frontage road will only be accessible from McKenzie Street and Begbie Street. Traffic controllers and appropriate signage will be on site advising drivers and pedestrians of traffic flow along the frontage road. To coordinate pick-ups and deliveries, please contact Matt Mikus, Site Superintendent at 604-841-9584.
During construction we will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to residents; however, with work with of this nature, some inconvenience will be unavoidable and we ask for your patience and cooperation during construction.
Fourth Street Stairwell
The temporary staircase along the west side of the Fourth Street ramp is currently underway and is scheduled to open before the end of March 2017. A permanent staircase is proposed for the east side of the Fourth Street ramp and is anticipated to be completed in July 2017.
The City is making every effort to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible with minimal disruptions to residents and businesses.
The portion of the Front Street Parkade west of 6th Street has been removed, and the existing Frontage Road on this section of Front Street is being redesigned as a “Mews”. The Mews is envisioned to become an attractive, safe and pedestrian-friendly great street of which residents and merchants alike can be proud. The contemporary design for the mews will include a widened sidewalk, street furniture, lighting, street trees, traffic-calming, planters and angled parking to access local businesses. A continuous paving treatment for the street and sidewalk reinforces the idea of a ‘shared street’ (i.e. designed to facilitate a wide range of activities including local access, pedestrian and bicycle movement, social interaction, commercial and restaurant activity).
The design for the Mews based on the following principles:
- Create a unique destination that attracts people and enhances the downtown experience.
- Create a place where people choose to stay.
- Retain a sense of industrial character.
- Create a mixed modal / shared street.
- Design the street to be safe, serviceable and accessible.
- Provide adequate parking to support businesses.
- Address issues identified by stakeholder groups and the community.
- Create an engaging street edge with future development.
- Create a street that’s flexible to accommodate a variety of program uses.
- Integrate with the surrounding street network with strong connections to the waterfront.