Council approves Traditional Downtown Oakville Furnishing

Downtown Oakville Streetscape Design
Council approves Traditional Downtown Oakville Furnishing

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Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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The revitalization of Lakeshore Road took a big step forward Monday, February 13, 2017 when Council approved the bridge railing, the lighting and the furniture selections (streetlight poles, benches, bollards, bike rings) for downtown Oakville.

Downtown Oakville Street Lamp

Approved design for Downtown Oakville Street Lamp

“Thanks to public input we have streetscape furniture and materials that truly reflects what our residents want to see in Oakville’s historic downtown,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “We look forward to creating a vibrant Lakeshore Road that showcases the best of Oakville’s livability, history and distinct character.”

Approved Downtown Oakville bench

Bench approved for Downtown Oakville

Community input has been vital throughout the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project After extensive public consultation both in-person and on-line, a traditional style of streetscape furniture was approved by Council on October 3, 2016, and specific furniture pieces were selected by residents’ and businesses in December.

Pavers approved for Downtown Oakville

Pavers approved for Downtown Oakville

With Council’s approval last night, staff will begin incorporating the selections into the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project, slated to start in 2019, and into the overall Downtown Transportation and Streetscape (DTS) Master Plan for other roads in downtown as they are reconstructed. The new curbs and pavers will be included in the new construction of Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek which is expected to be completed in December 2017. Staff have also reported to the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee and requested a heritage permit for the furnishings.

Approved Recycling and Trash Bins for Downtown Oakville

Approved Recycling and Trash Bins for Downtown Oakville

It should be noted that the town’s standard for LED fixture colour temperature is 4000K. With town’s public outreach resulting in a clear preference for 3000K for the streetlights within the historic downtown commercial district, Council approved staff’s recommendation to retrofit 3000K LED fixtures on existing decorative poles in the town’s other commercial districts – Kerr Village and Bronte Village. In addition, while there was clear preference for the existing streetlight pole and acorn fixture styles, staff will be reporting back to Council during the final engineering design phase on the costs of refurbishing the existing poles and retrofitting the LED fixtures, or installing new poles to match the existing styles.

Moving forward, staff will continue to work on developing options for a flexible/curbless look for Lakeshore Road and will launch a separate public engagement process this spring with a report due back to Council later in the year.

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. Sergio says:

    Where do the big trucks stop now to unload there goods for the stores.
    exp. UPS.They used to stop in the center lane and now it is gone?

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    • Nolan Machan says:

      At the end of each side street at lakeshore road there will be a loading/unloading zone.

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  2. Geoff Godard says:

    Won’t really be a problem because what with bridge closing 2017 and two years of construction, there won’t be many places left to unload to.

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    • Nolan Machan says:

      Ok Geoff, let’s not get too cynical about this. I was thinking the same thing, but interestingly enough I talked to a couple of shop keepers who have expressed that they haven’t seen a decline. The BIA and the Town will have to do a great deal of marketing to keep people coming into downtown during this 3year period – but if you think about Bloor Street in Yorkville, it has survived and is flourishing.

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