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.

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.

Helping redesign Towne Square

Update – preferred design concept expected to go to Council in May

After extensive public and stakeholder consultation the town presented a final preferred design concept “Turning Leaves” for Towne Square at a public meeting held Tuesday, April 9 at the Trafalgar Park Community Centre

At the conclusion of the presentation, community members were in favour of the design with the expectation that town staff commit to:

  1. Increasing the amount of tree planting in the square
  2. Reducing the size of the proposed water feature, particularly the ‘width’ in the north-south dimension.

The town is working on updating the design concept and will post it online by Thursday, April 18. It is expected to go to Council for final approval in May.

Preferred Design Concept – “Turning Leaves”

Highlights include:

  • Maintains key existing elements but replaces paving, furnishings, light fixtures and tree planters to match the Lakeshore Road streetscape redevelopment
  • Central lawn area
  • New tree plantings
  • Granite seatwalls and retaining walls, paved pedestrian ramp along George Street corridor and assorted horticultural garden beds
  • Softened grade transition between the lawn and the paved areas augmenting seating opportunities and providing a safe accessible route
  • Mixture of both fixed and flexible seating options throughout the square
  • New prominent water feature that will connect Lakeshore Road and the Square
  • Additional architectural lighting that will enhance the space for year-round enjoyment

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?

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 - Update

January to March 2019

The town held a round of consultation with key stakeholders on the facelift option including Ward 3 resident associations, the two residential condos bordering Towne Square, Brosko Property Management, the Downtown BIA, and the town’s Ward 3 Councillors. We have refined this concept further and have a final preferred concept to share with the public on April 9.

November 8, 2018 to January 14, 2019

Two refined concepts were presented at a public meeting  — a hybrid option incorporating features from the four concepts presented in June and a facelift option that is an enhanced version of the existing design. The public also shared feedback through an online survey until January 14, 2019.

The facelift option was the favoured concept (about 75 per cent support).

June 28, 2018

Four preliminary design concepts presented at public meeting.