Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

January 5th CIP Meeting

On Tuesday January 5th at 6 pm, Town Council will meet to receive feedback regarding the new Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.

The full report can be found here.

There are ten "big moves" as part of the plan:

  1. Create a new street section and identity for Tecumseh Road that is walkable and pedestrian friendly, including a reduction in the number of driving lanes, the provision of on-street parking and parking bays, enhanced landscaping and street furniture, and cycling facilities.
  2. Create a new west gateway to demarcate the westerly entrance to Main Street, with destination land uses such as a hotel or movie theatre.
  3. Create higher density residential neighbourhoods north and south of Main Street with integrated public and private open spaces, road and lane access, and pedestrian linkages.
  4. Provide mixed-use commercial residential development along the corridor, with retail at grade and residential above.
  5. Create a central pedestrian node (plaza) as the central gathering place for the community linked by a north-south pedestrian spine to other amenities and open spaces.
  6. Redevelop the St. Anne’s School site as a south pedestrian node and focus for a new large community amenity and central draw.
  7. Enhance the Town Parking lot as flexible event space.
  8. Celebrate and enhance the historic remnant heritage assets.
  9. Create a distinct heritage node at the east end of the corridor integrating the St. Anne’s church and open space, the BIA parkette, the museum, Ticonderoga Park, the north Lesperance Road heritage plaza, and the former industrial buildings north of the railway.
  10. Create a new tree lined civic pedestrian promenade north along Lesperance that redefines and enhances the existing civic buildings and open spaces, celebrates the historic street car route, and creates an attractive street frontage for Lesperance Road north.

For businesses and developers looking to locate along Tecumseh Road, there will be a dramatic shift in terms of the urban design. There will be a mandatory easement across the first 2 to 4m of property to expand walking space.  There will also be prohibitions on backlit box signs and there will be required architectural features.  Parking will not be allowed in the front of properties; new lanes are expected to be created to the rear of properties.

Of particular interest is with the creation of these lanes, there will be access to presently vacant lands adjacent to the railway which is expected to be redeveloped as higher density housing.

Council would very much like to receive your feedback on this.  If you cannot attend on Tuesday, please feel free to call me at 226-773-1910 or e-mail me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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