Ontario Construction News staff writer
The provincial and federal governments will provide $1.9 million to replace watermains, service pipes and fire hydrants in the Town of Grimsby.
“This work will help ensure Grimsby residents have access to clean and safe drinking water for decades to come,” said Mayor Jeff Jordan.
A temporary demonstration project was set up in a downtown park last fall to encourage people to think about the future and make suggestions for redevelopment of the downtown area.
“Now’s the time to plan for streetscape improvements in time for the downtown watermain replacement”, Mayor Jordan said. “We’re excited to deliver this revitalization project to the community and shape the downtown core for years to come.”
The goal of the Downtown Reimagined project is to create spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in a safe and sustainable manner.
The plan was inspired by the need to upgrade the aging watermain on Main Street which opened the door for concurrent above ground streetscape improvements.
“This project will provide many meaningful positive impacts for the Town of Grimsby and all its residents,” said Harry Schlange, CAO.
The parklet project is a glimpse into what that vision might include.
“My goal in creating this space is to demonstrate to the community the potential our downtown has to bring our community together whether it is to walk, shop, dine, meet with friends or enjoy the beautiful escarpment. I hope that business owners and building owners alike will see the space as an inspiration,” said business owner Kevin Luttjehuizen.