Oshawa wants feedback on downtown streetscape plan

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Published June 23, 2021 at 1:22 pm

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Oshawa residents, businesses and community members are invited to have their say on Phase Three of the King Street Streetscape Project in downtown Oshawa.

This phase follows the pilot project that began in 2018 with public consultation on three design options for the widening of the sidewalk on the north side of King Street East between Ontario Street and Mary Street North, as well as the second phase of King Street East, constructed in 2020 between Simcoe Street North and Ontario Street.

This third phase of the project focuses on the widening of the sidewalk on the north side of King Street West between Simcoe Street North and Prince Street. The widening will allow for additional space for pedestrians, landscaping, outdoor patios/cafes, streetscape amenities and businesses.

Tree planting, benches and bike racks are some of the items included in the Phase 3 design plan.

“The King Street East Streetscape project addresses our long-range goals of creating a welcoming and pedestrian-friendly downtown Oshawa for our residents, visitors and businesses,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter, a sentiment echoed by Tito-Dante Marimpietri, who chairs the Development Services Committee.

Marimpietri called the design “community curb appeal.”

“With wider more inviting sidewalk spaces, this third and final phase of the King Street East Streetscape project tangibly advances our city one step closer to achieving our vision of a vibrant downtown Oshawa with pedestrian-focused and landscaped spaces.”

This portion of King Street is also expected to welcome the Durham Scarborough Rapid Bus Line (BRT) and its additional streetscape changes, with construction scheduled for 2024.

The Streetscape Design Vision guides the development of public areas downtown and includes specifications for benches, trash receptacles, greenery and more while also investigating opportunities like sidewalk widening.

The community is invited to participate online on Connect Oshawa (www.connectoshawa.ca/streetscape), where participants can review the proposed design, share feedback and ask questions.

Community members who prefer to complete the feedback form on paper are asked to call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 during regular business hours.

Feedback will be received until noon on Thursday, July 8, 2021, and considered in the development of the final design for the King Street Streetscape Project Phase 3.

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