City council unanimously approved a reconfiguration of downtown's Mill Street that will see traffic reduced to one-way northbound and 18 parking spaces retained.
The upgrade will also see a widened west sidewalk with street trees planted.
Work is expected to begin on the $415,000 project "as early as practical" in 2014.
"It's great to see something going up in the downtown area rather than torn down," Coun. Ken Huttema said.
Plans for an upgraded Mill Street were first initiated in 2007. In late 2012, a design was
Mill with the elimination of parking on one side to make way for the wider sidewalk.
This plan, which would have reduced the number of parking spaces from 16 to 10, was universally opposed by merchants along Mill.
Five more options were created-three with one-side parking and two with one-way traffic. Of those, 11 out of 13 area merchants chose the option council approved Tuesday.
Council approved the $350,000 project along with additional items of work, 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).
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