Fri, 17 Jun 2016
The town’s much needed project to reconstruct Lakeshore Road in downtown Oakville is now in the last stage of the furniture and materials selection process. Public meetings were held at Town Hall on June 15, 2016, where residents and businesses had a chance to view the final contemporary pieces, share their thoughts, and learn more about the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.
“Understanding the priorities of residents and business owners is a critical part of ensuring Oakville’s downtown remains attractive, vibrant and economically stable,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Council truly appreciates the feedback we receive and looks forward to revitalizing the downtown with a newly redesigned Lakeshore Road.”
The new streetscape materials and furnishing include granite pavers and curbs, benches, bike rings, roadside bollards, trash/recycling stations and streetlights that will be used as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project slated to start in 2019, and for other streets in downtown Oakville as they are reconstructed in the future. Some of the streetscape features will also be included when the town undertakes to rehabilitate the Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek starting in early 2017.
Public opinion was mixed on some of the specific furniture pieces (benches, bike racks and streetlight poles). Some residents were concerned that the furniture might clash with the downtown’s heritage elements. The contemporary theme for downtown Oakville was chosen over traditional and modern options in 2015 after extensive public consultation through the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) . A presentation was also made to the Oakville Heritage Committee highlighting the complimentary role of a contemporary streetscape theme to the heritage elements of downtown Oakville.
Members of the community who couldn’t make it out on Wednesday can review photos of the final materials and furniture online and provide comments by email until June 30. Later this summer, staff are planning to present the final selections to the Oakville Heritage Committee and the Accessibility Advisory Committee before going to Council in early fall 2016.
Moving forward, the town will be having conversations on how to minimize any construction impact on downtown businesses, residents and visitors.
With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) approaching the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown. In October 2015, Council approved the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project as part of the DTS which included a contemporary theme for the downtown streetscape design.
The DTS, along with the Downtown Culture Hub Study (DCH), make up the town’s exciting Downtown Plan which aims to create an attractive, active, animated and vibrant downtown that will bring people together while maintaining the beautiful historic downtown streetscape. The DCH is exploring opportunities to create cultural and performing arts spaces and new riverfront park that will become the cultural, social, and economic heart of our community. Staff is undertaking further research and public consultation on these potential DCH opportunities before reporting back to Council later this year.
For more information and to review an online photo library of the final suite of furniture and materials, visit the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction Project page.