Downtown Brampton gets $16.6M revitalization boost from city council
Published October 1, 2021 at 4:33 pm
Brampton City council has approved a $16.6 million investment in “streetscaping” the city’s downtown core.
The funding is part of the first phase of the Integrated Downtown Plan (IDP) and will be used to replace existing sidewalks with stone pavers and resurface roads with widened sidewalks on both sides of Queen and Main streets
“Our downtown businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are committed to supporting them in every way we can on their journey to economic recovery,” said Paul Vicente, wards 1 and 5 councillor and chair of the city’s Public Works and Engineering.
“This streetscaping project, along with complementary short term strategies to support the downtown, will serve to position Brampton as an economic driver, regional cultural hub and Innovation District. We look forward to the benefits the Integrated Downtown Plan will bring to our downtown, residents and local businesses.”
The IDP is part of the transformation of downtown Brampton as city officials continue to rethink and reinvent public spaces to meet local needs, support economic recovery, create jobs, and build vibrant, resilient communities.
This $16.6M million investment will also serve to create quality urban spaces for commercial activity, pedestrians and cyclists and form active linkages between Etobicoke and Fletchers creeks, and create an enhanced pedestrian realm in the downtown core.
Other projects being considered for the revamped downtown include:
installation of dedicated bike lanes on Main Street through the downtown,
establishment of on-sidewalk movable planters and landscaping elements, semi-mountable curbs, street prints at crosswalks, and way-finding signs
installation of spare ducts within the construction to accommodate future fibre optics for telecommunications.
The City also continues to approve short-term strategies to support downtown vibrancy that can be implemented within the next two years including the installation of murals, developed and proposed in consultation with STEPS, on city-owned storefronts in downtown Brampton and city and regionally-owned traffic control boxes on Queen St. E.
“We’re working to revitalize and unlock the potential of downtown Brampton and, in approving this $16.6 million investment in streetscaping work as part of the first phase of the City’s Integrated Downtown Plan, we are yet another step closer to creating a quality urban space and an enhanced pedestrian realm in our downtown core,” said Brampton mayor Patrick Brown.
“I look forward to witnessing downtown Brampton continue to transform into a vibrant and resilient community for our residents, businesses and visitors.”
The Downtown Brampton BIA is also fully behind the revitalization project.
“We were very pleased to hear the staff plans and projections on the much needed revitalization for downtown Brampton,” said Carrie Percival, chair of the DBBIA.
“We are very confident our city planning and urban design experts will move forward with this fulsome revitalization plan.”
For more information on the IDP, visit the city’s website.
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