There have been lots of myths floating around regarding the revitalization project in Downtown Collingwood. Here are the details, straight from the BIA office.
Reality: The municipality’s engineers analyzed the condition of Hurontario Street, including lighting and the sidewalks. They determined $3 million of work was required to address issues of safety and liability.
That $3 million would have left us with a patchwork of improvements. With the support of the provincial and federal governments, and the municipality, the cost to the Collingwood taxpayers is only $2 million to do what was estimated to be a $7 million project. Because the contract came in lower than anticipated, the majority of the second phase of the project – including work along St Marie and Pine – can be undertaken.
Reality: The main street will not be narrowed; from building front to
Reality: Downtown Collingwood’s $1 million commitment is coming from a reserve fund that has been set aside for several years especially for this project. There will not be an increase to the BIA’s budget for this project, nor will it have an affect on the annual levy applied to the taxes of downtown businesses.
Myth # 4
Reality: The intent is to complete the underground work necessary for the section of Hurontario Street between Second and Third by the end of November. The fences will be removed, and a temporary base of asphalt will be used so the sidewalk can be used by pedestrians. The road will be open in time for the arrival of Santa Claus on December 6.
Reality: Actually, even with the angle of parking being made more
Reality: Angled parking is as much a part of the main street as town
Reality: False. There is too much traffic travelling up and down
Reality: While it’s true some of the trees had to be removed, it was
Reality: There will not be bike lanes on the main street; there will be an extensive network of bike lanes on Pine, St. Marie and the connecting streets. Clear access points for cyclists will be developed so they can get from the back lanes to the main street. To encourage bicycle use, secure bike shelters are being installed as part of the project on Hurontario Street.