Here’s the plan. One plan anyway. Presented this afternoon at a Committee of Council meeting by some Dalhousie students who had this as a course project.
The town has asked for a physical plan that would “look at opportunities for locating new development or redevelopment within the downtown to provide new commercial space, increased parking, active transportation, parks, open space, connectivity of vehicle and pedestrian circulation and programmed spaces”. [emph. ours]
We’ll offer some screen shots but readers should look at all the visuals in PDF in the ToW agenda and info packet for today’s meeting. [They don’t separate these presentations out- you have to download the whole thing !] Of course these are only the images – missing is the verbal explanation of them but this should be available on tape at Town Hall.
Heading shot is of Railtown. Mired in controversy but [on second thought] not inappropriate.
They looked at “Infill development” opportunities, “transportation” and “Open space” in the “Town Centre” area of Wolfville. The “Subway lot” , “Clock park” and undeveloped areas along Front Street between Elm Ave and Harbourside Dr. were targeted for attention.
Here’s the before and proposed:
Front St. and Central Ave.
North of Central Ave.
Clock Park from the N.
In the implementation section which followed the proposals there is the suggestion that they talked about economic realities, the need for investment and for public support and input – all those good and necessary things – and even left room at the end of the presentation for discussion, debate and questions [they must have been disappointed in the paucity of that!]
There is a lot we could ask, but these are mostly questions the students could not have answered. For example, what businesses will fill the 1,500 sq. metres of new commercial space? Who will be able to afford to live in Wolfville to use the improved walkways? Do we really have to lose 67 more parking spaces?
These sincere and hard working students did their job well and we don’t want to discourage them; they obviously put a lot of work and time into this project. We have said enough and will shut up for once.