Posts tagged ‘Streetscape’

Decorative Crosswalks on King Street

The final push is on to get the revitalized King Street streetscape completed by the end of the construction season. But the $10.9-million project isn’t running out of time. Favorable weather and contractor efficiencies have meant the work west of Gaukel Street was completed faster this year than the first phase was last year.

Crews closed King Street west of Benton Street earlier this week to complete an entrance feature that was bumped last year by tight Oktoberfest timelines. The work will include a decorative paving-stone crosswalk and a concrete roadway similar to the one already in front of city hall.

Construction crews working on streetscape.

That section of King Street will be closed until Labour Day.

Meanwhile, work on the final block of streetscaping continues further down between Water and Francis streets. Crews have finished the sidewalks and trees have been planted. They’re working to install paving stones before the road work is wrapped up. There will be an entrance feature at that end of the street similar to the one going in at King and Benton. That should be finished by the end of September.

The city is considering adding the same decorative crosswalks throughout the redeveloped street, but hasn’t made a decision on that yet. Those can be installed after the final layer of asphalt is down. The plan was to finish the final layer in 2011, but the work has been accelerated. If nothing alters the pace, it could be finished this year.

The street reconstruction is part of a larger push by the city to bring more traffic and business to the core. The city’s façade improvement grant program in the core has already seen 13 storefronts upgraded, with another three underway and eight approved but not yet started. They’re in addition to a number of businesses — Coffee Culture, Laurier Optical, Crabby Joes and Shoppers Drug Mart — which completed similar improvements outside of the program. Other large downtown projects, including the University of Waterloo’s school of pharmacy, Wilfrid Laurier University’s graduate school of social work and a redevelopment of the former Lang Tannery, are also part of the city’s push to revitalize the core.



August 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

A Rejuvenated Downtown Galt Streetscaping Plan

On Wednesday January  13, 2010, Downtown Cambridge Business Improvement (BIA) Association meeting, unveiled streetscaping plans were to make Main Street more attractive for investors and pedestrians.

In an interview, city planning commissioner Janet Babcock said Cambridge has submitted a $750,000 funding application to the Southern Ontario Development Agency (SODA). The agency has been provided with $1 billion over five years from FedDev Ontario – part of the federal government’s economic stimulus package.

Should the city’s application be approved, the project has to be completed by March 2011. The city will also split the cost of the project with the federal government.

Hopefully we will see a resurgence much like that of Kitchener and Waterloo’s vibrant downtowns. We need some exciting nightlife in the downtown core. PLEASE!


January 22, 2010 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

New Goodlife Fitness Gym- North London

Map of Location - 116 North Centre Rd.

Map of Location - 116 North Centre Rd.

Anyone driving down Fanshawe Park Rd going East or West around Masonville mall has surely noticed a fair sized 2 storey building going up on North Centre Road just north of Fanshawe Park Rd. This is the location of  a new Goodlife Fitness gym, at first glance one can tell that this Goodlife will be different then others in the city- first off because it is one of the few freestanding Goodlife buildings (meaning its not in a Loblaws, Superstore, Stip Plaza, or mall.) From what I could tell during construction I was pleasantly surprised at the orientation of the building and the location of what seems to be the front entrance- the building is oriented and brought right up to the street with no parking lot in the front, rather the parking is located in the back. Since I have been unable to get my hands on any renderings, as of yet, of what the gym will look like I will reserve my judgment for the final product, however so far so good, except for what seems to be a lack of windows on the wall fronting NorthCenter Rd.-

March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm 5 comments

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