Main Street to Re-open this Weekend
June 14, 2016
Main Street to open this weekend - Goodbye fencing, hello vibrancy!
Penticton – Main Street construction is just days from completion. As part of the Downtown Revitalization project, the 200 Block of Main Street will re-open this Saturday right on schedule.
At 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 18th, Mayor Jakubeit along with Council Members, Richard Cannings, MP, Dan Ashton, MLA and the DPA will be present at the Westminster intersection of Main Street for a ribbon cutting and a re-welcoming of the community into their vibrant new space.
“Downtown Revitalization is a Council strategic priority and this project helped address much needed infrastructure improvements while at the same time created a fresh and welcoming downtown core so we can promote a vibrant atmosphere for people to gather, shop, and enjoy” said Mayor Jakubeit who will do the ribbon cutting honours on Saturday.
The project was completed on time and on budget. Early feedback on the wide sidewalks and generous green space has been overwhelmingly positive as noted by merchant Christine Conquergood of Peaches Lingerie, “Construction was conducted in a professional, efficient and timely manner. We are excited to share our beautiful new street front with both local and tourist shoppers!”
The project is the culmination of four years of work by City staff, the Downtown Committee, the Downtown Penticton Association, downtown businesses and many further stakeholders that have been involved in this project. DPA Executive Director, Kerri Milton says, “We are so excited to see the grand re-opening of the 200 Block of Main street – the landowners’/business owners have been waiting patiently for this day to share their block with the public. The new trees, banners, storefront use space and accessible sidewalks all contribute to make the overall street look amazing. So many people worked endless hours to make this all possible and it was truly great to see how all parties can work together for a common goal. “
The City would also like to thank Grizzly Excavating, the contractor awarded this project. Throughout construction the City has received very positive feedback from community members and merchants alike on the considerate and professional nature of their team.
Pat Neil of Grizzly Excavating added, “I think I can speak for all Grizzly Excavating employees and sub trades in saying thank you to the downtown businesses and their patrons during this project. Without their support and patience this project it would not have been as easy or enjoyable to complete.”
In total this project has logged over 12,000 local hours of work for our community. With wider sidewalks, more opportunities for street activities, storefront viewing and storefront use space, the rejuvenation to the commercial core of the City expected to continue this cycle of investment and prosperity.
Downtown Revitalization and Waterfront Enhancement will continue as part of Council's strategic priorities as they offer significant economic return to the community. Plans to begin revitalization of the 100 Block of Main Street will get underway in September 2016 after the busy summer season.
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