New welcome signage proposed for waterfront

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By Shawna O'Neill
New welcome signage proposed for waterfront
Proposed welcome features for waterfront. Submitted photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Heart of the City will be presenting a streetscape beautification concept to City Council on Monday, Feb. 11.

The new look primarily targets Water St. and Brookdale Ave. where travellers arrive from the U.S. border crossing. The overall project comes with an estimated price tag of $100,000.

Two gateway welcoming features, as pictured above, are proposed for the corner of Brookdale Ave. and Water St. Projected to be made of long-lasting materials and locally sourced, each feature would cost approximately $35,000. The addition of a Canadian flag would also be incorporated.

Triangle banners denoting the Waterfront, Le Village and Downtown are proposed to be affixed on existing light fixtures along each corresponding corridor. Greenery has been proposed for the area around the pumphouse and gateways, as well as updated wayfinding signage on the pumphouse.

“Heart of the City has been looking at (streetscapes) for the better part of last year,” said Todd Lihou, Centretown Coordinator with Heart of the City. Lihou explained that partners and stakeholders agree, the waterfront is our city’s best asset. In 2011, a Streetscape Revitalization Strategy was drafted for Heart of the City by EDA Collaborative, which has been followed and revisited since its initial recommendations for our region.

During the council meeting, an additional proposal will be presented by the Downtown Business Improvement Association (DBIA). The project, which aims to replace the current lighting fixtures on Pitt St., will cost an estimated $163,000. In anticipation of the project, the DBIA is prepared to ask $50,000 and supplement the additional fees.

Lihou explained that the box lighting would be changed to reflect the lantern style lighting seen in other areas of the downtown core. The project would also replace current lights with LED lights.

“Downtown will be brighter. The (replacement) will help to augment lighting downtown and improve safety,” said Lihou.

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