Towne Square Redevelopment

As part of our plan to revitalize Oakville's historic downtown, the town is redesigning Towne Square, a small but unique public space located at 210 Lakeshore Road. 

Towne Square is an important space for the business community and residents. Building on the work done on the downtown streetscape design, a new design for Towne Square will enhance the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and provide more opportunities for public events.

As directed by Town Council, staff will coordinate the Towne Square redevelopment with the first phase of Lakeshore Road reconstruction, between Navy and Dunn Streets, beginning spring 2019. The redeveloped Towne Square will complement the Lakeshore Road streetscape and will incorporate the traditional style of furniture and materials endorsed by local residents and businesses and approved by Council in 2017 as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.

Help us redesign Towne Square

Public Consultation Meeting

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall, Bronte/Palermo Room
1225 Trafalgar Road

Members of the public are invited to provide feedback on two new design concepts – a hybrid option that incorporates features from the four concepts presented in the summer and a facelift option that is an enhanced version of the existing design. Staff will make a recommendation to Council for final approval in December.

You can also view the design concepts below and submit your comments by November 16, 2018.

Design Concept D - "Hybrid"

Highlights:

  • Central lawn area could be real grass (with irrigation) or artificial turf
  • Accessible ramps, linking the lawn area and the east tenant patio to Lakeshore Road
  • Terraced seating opportunities to view events in the Square
  • West plaza aligned with George Street is terraced into three levels
  • Illuminated water feature includes water jets providing a play opportunity for children
  • Water feature can be turned off during events to maximize flexible space
  • Decorative seatwalls and raised planters provide visual separation between the tenant patio spaces and added benefit of retaining soil volume necessary for tree planting to provide shade

Submit comments on Concept D - "Hybrid"

Design Concept E - "Facelift"

Highlights:

  • Maintains key existing elements but replaces paving, furnishings, light fixtures and tree planters to match the Lakeshore Road streetscape redevelopment
  • Lawn area could be real grass (with irrigation) or artificial turf
  • New tree plantings proposed throughout and in locations which match the original layout of the Square
  • Granite seatwalls on west side, paved pedestrian ramps and a garden of low native and ornamental plants
  • Softened grade transition between the lawn and the paved areas augmenting seating opportunities and providing a safe accessible route
  • Permanent seating using granite seatwalls on the north and south sides of the lawn

Submit comments on Concept E - "Facelift"

What is Towne Square?

Towne Square is a small, but unique public space located at 210 Lakeshore Road East in the heart of downtown Oakville. Towne Square has become an important space for the Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) and for the entire town.

Why is the town redesigning Towne Square?

The redevelopment of Towne Square is part of the town’s plan to revitalize Oakville’s historic downtown. Refreshing the space builds on work already being done to enhance the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and will provide more opportunity for people to meet and gather.

There are also more demands for using the space for special events, and the existing infrastructure does not support them. The original facilities built in 1991 require increasingly more upkeep to maintain and are starting to show their age.

Why now?

Council directed staff to coordinate the Towne Square redevelopment with the first phase of Lakeshore Road reconstruction – planned for 2019.

What critical factors must be considered when determining a new design for Towne Square?

  • How the space is currently being used by the public and Downtown BIA and how they would like to use it in the future
  • Accessibility
  • Neighbourhood impact
  • Site constraints such as size, slope, the underground parking garage, limitations on landscaping/planting, proximity to businesses and condos
  • Sustainability and ongoing maintenance
  • Timing

What is the timeline for this project?

A second public meeting to present refined design concepts based on stakeholder and public feedback is anticipated to take place in early fall before staff present a design recommendation to Council for final approval. As directed by Town Council, staff will coordinate the Towne Square redevelopment with the first phase of Lakeshore Road reconstruction, between Navy and Dunn Streets, beginning spring 2019.

What will happen to the section of grass currently located in Towne Square?

A section of grass can be incorporated into all of the proposed concepts if that is desired by the public.

What if I prefer some elements of one design combined with elements from another design?

We can incorporate different design elements together, so feel free to take a mix and match approach.

How will the town ensure that the new design aligns with the traditional look of downtown Oakville?

The redeveloped Towne Square will complement the Lakeshore Road streetscape and will incorporate the traditional style of furniture and materials endorsed by local residents and businesses and approved by Council in 2017 as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.

Who I can I contact with questions?

Janis Olbina
Manager, Park Planning & Development
Parks and Open Space
905-845-6601, ext.3148 
Janis.olbina@oakville.ca

Public consultation meeting - June 28, 2018

NAK Design, the consulting firm hired by the town to work on the Town Square redevelopment project, presented preliminary design concepts at a public meeting held at the Oakville Club.