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Chilliwack city hall celebrates Mill Street grand opening Saturday

City hall will have a ribbon cutting for the newly redesigned Mill Street downtown on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. - Submitted
City hall will have a ribbon cutting for the newly redesigned Mill Street downtown on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m.
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It might be one of the shortest streets in Chilliwack, and now it's probably one of the nicest.

Chilliwack city hall is officially celebrating the Mill Street facelift with a ribbon cutting on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The redesigned Mill Street features a wider sidewalk on the west side of the street to allow for street trees and sidewalk cafés.

To maintain the same number of parking streets, the street is now one-way northbound.

The changes to Mill Street were part of the city's downtown revitalization plan. The ribbon cutting Saturday will celebrate the improvements to Mill Street, according to a press release issued this week, but also to "recognize the considerable work the City of Chilliwack has put into improving the downtown area through a multifaceted revitalization strategy."

Mayor Sharon Gaetz said the city is proud of the improvements happening downtown.

“We have a strong revitalization strategy and it’s exciting to see the progress we are making towards creating a more vibrant downtown,” she said.

Work began on the $415,000 Mill Street project in January and was completed mid-April.

The original budget for the project was $350,000, but a further $65,000 of work was added to the plan last fall, including: improvements to Court Lane ($10,000); Hydro upgrades to allow for event plug-ins ($20,000); additional street lighting at lane ($15,000); and a Wellington corner "bulge" ($20,000).

At the event Saturday, there will be a draw to win a seven-inch tablet.

After the ribbon cutting, Gaetz and others will walk to the new, temporary park at Five Corners. The park was completed recently on the site of the Irwin Block and two adjacent buildings, which were acquired by the city and demolished in March.

The long-term plan for the site of the park is to include all the land in that block and make it "development ready" for a large project including commercial, residential and park space.

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