Front Street Mews

project update - February 2018

CEWE crews are currently waiting on Telus to remove the wooden poles so the lighting system can be installed along the Mews between 6th Street and Begbie Street. Once the wooden poles are removed, installation of the lighting system should take approximately 10-14 days. The works will incorporate single lane alternating traffic along the truck route and portions of parking stalls (approximately 5 at a time) along the Mews. Pedestrian access and through traffic along the Mews will be maintained. The work will be daytime hours between 7am and 6pm (Monday to Friday) with an anticipated completion date of February 28th.

The installation of the catenary lighting will further enhance the Mews and produce an engaging and animated space into the later hours of the evening.

We will endeavor to provide you with information on a regular basis until the project is complete.

Parking & Access

During construction, parking will not be available along the frontage road from Begbie Street to 6th Street in order to facilitate the construction process in the most expedient way possible. Alternate parking will be available to all affected residents and businesses along Columbia Street and the Front Street Parkade.

Trapp & Holbrook residential access will remain open from McKenzie Street and Begbie Street. Pedestrian and wheelchair access will also remain open. Deliveries and pickups will continue to be coordinated through Site Superintendent, Matt Mikus: 604 841 9584, matt@cewe.com. There will be traffic controllers and appropriate signage advising drivers and pedestrians of traffic flow along the frontage road.

During construction we will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to residents and businesses; however, with work with of this nature, some inconvenience will be unavoidable and we ask for your patience and cooperation during construction.

Background

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:

  1. Create a unique destination that attracts people and enhances the downtown experience.
  2. Create a place where people choose to stay.
  3. Retain a sense of industrial character.
  4. Create a mixed modal / shared street.
  5. Design the street to be safe, serviceable and accessible.
  6. Provide adequate parking to support businesses.
  7. Address issues identified by stakeholder groups and the community.
  8. Create an engaging street edge with future development.
  9. Create a street that’s flexible to accommodate a variety of program uses.
  10. Integrate with the surrounding street network with strong connections to the waterfront.

Vision

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For more information please contact:
Amir Aminpour, Project Manager
604-515-3796