Today the Provincial Government announced it’s teaming up with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to revitalize Downtown Sydney. Both levels of government are to invest $3 million in the project. The influx of money is billed as a way to help support local businesses and attract new investment into the heart of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
The project will see the the redesign and upgrade of Charlotte Street to create a welcoming, accessible and green destination.
Downtown Sydney is a gem. With this significant investment from the provincial government, this historic commercial district will be ready to welcome the world back again. said Amanda McDougall, mayor, Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
“Rebuilding better and redesigning with accessibility at the forefront will benefit all who visit downtown.”
CBRM estimates the project will provide 20,000 person-hours of work over three construction seasons. As Sydney looks toward post-pandemic, the Port expects to again attract more than 100,000 cruise ship passengers annually
Preliminary design details that will be shared with community include:
- complete street concept with a one-way lane for vehicles
- plaza-width sidewalks on both sides of the street
- accessible design with low-back curb
- parking lanes on both sides
- traffic signal upgrades
- enhanced landscaping and streetscaping, including new trees
- street furniture, such as planters, pedestrian lighting, bike racks, benches and “way-finding” signs
- high, fibreglass power poles along both sides
- buried communication wires
- green infrastructure stormwater management
“There has never been more optimism for the downtown core,” said Premier Iain Rankin.
“The area is being reenergized with a new NSCC Marconi Campus and a second cruise ship berth at the Port of Sydney, and this project will help enhance its marketing position to draw in more residents and visitors and stimulate growth in the local economy.”
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