Niagara-on-the-Lake Old Town entrance make-over seeking public input


Published July 29, 2021 at 6:28 pm


A $250,000 make-over for the Queen Street and Mississagua Street entrance to Old Town in Niagara-on-the-Lake is now at the public input stage.

The idea of resigning the entrance came after a town resident, Gerald Kowalchuk, a retired investment advisor, offered up the money to the Town in early 2020 for that precise purpose. Kowalchuk and his wife moved to NOTL in 2010.

The town is hoping the new entrance builds on “the Town’s rich history, architecture, and beautiful aesthetics.”

“Increasing the visibility of this gateway to the Historic Old Town, the identity of the feature can be reinforced as a landmark that meets the needs and wants of community members, supports downtown growth, and inspires the public,” the town added in a release.

So now comes the public part of the process.

“The goal is to consult with the public to obtain feedback on analysis, alternatives, and decisions for this project,” the town said.

“The Town and project team’s promise to the public is to keep them informed, to listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and to provide feedback on how public input influenced the decisions and designs for this project.”

The survey available on the town’s website allows for public feedback on various elements of the project, including the following key themes:

  • Symbolic Representation – Obelisk Structure
  • The Entry Wall – Scale, Length, Height, Depth, Materiality
  • Messaging and Aesthetics
  • Horticultural Elements

The town added the feedback provided through the survey will be used by the consultant and project team to inform “the design as they finalize the concept and begin design development.”

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