Town Moves Forward with Revitalizing Downtown Bradford
Bradford West Gwillimbury, ON (June 29, 2022) – At a June 14th special meeting, Council endorsed the preferred option for the Holland Street Corridor Study Environmental Assessment. The adopted plan is intended to strengthen the street's role in the downtown core as an inviting, walkable, people-friendly shopping district that serves as a destination for residents and visitors to enjoy.
“There is growing excitement for the future of downtown Bradford" stated Mayor Rob Keffer. “The design for a renewed Holland Street places greater emphasis on the needs of pedestrians. We'll have wider sidewalks, more trees and benches, and room for patios and gathering places. With new residential projects soon underway within and near the downtown core, we are re-establishing this area as the rightful heart of our community!"
Now that the environmental assessment has been completed, work will proceed with the detailed design of improvements to Holland Street between Professor Day Drive and Bridge Street. This will include specific designs for intersections, on-street parking locations and underground servicing upgrades. The style and location of street lights, benches, landscaping, and garbage receptacles are also under consideration during this phase of the project.
A critical element of this next phase is ongoing consultation with downtown business operators and the broader public. Town staff will continue to assess strategies that will minimize disruption to local businesses and travel throughout construction.
“We will work with downtown merchants before and during the construction program to help them thrive", added Mayor Keffer. “We're confident that the long-term benefits of a rejuvenated Holland Street will be well worth any short-term disruptions".
Construction is scheduled to commence in Spring 2024. For additional information on the Holland Street Corridor Study, visit: www.townofbwg.com/hollandea