Sidewalk Reconstruction Project – Have Your Say!

Have your say - Sidewalk Reconstruction Project

Sidewalk Reconstruction Project

Have you heard about the Town of Orangeville’s sidewalk reconstruction plans for Broadway? 

This project was originally planned for 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic and is now slated to begin by the Fall of 2021.  We know that for safety reasons, the sidewalks and boulevards need to be replaced.   We also know that considering the many challenges our downtown business owners have faced this year, the timing of this project is not ideal.  That said, it is difficult to determine when an ideal time would be.  

Some feel that the Town should proceed and get this done as quickly as possible while businesses still have access to the governments’ covid recovery supports and to ensure an uninterrupted shopping and patio season in 2022, and with some luck, the return of downtown community events.  Others feel that proceeding this fall would be too much for our small businesses to handle in what has already been a difficult year.  

It is clear that there is no ideal time for construction and not all businesses have the same concerns or needs.  It is important to note that regardless of when the project moves forward, the Town plans to a) have the work completed in sections to minimize the area of impact and b) to maintain access to businesses even when the construction is happening outside their doors.  

The issue is complex, so we are urging everyone to learn more about the project and to HAVE YOUR SAY; whether its for or against the planned timing or about any other aspect of the project.

There is still time to learn more and to send your comments/concerns/questions to the Town before Council makes a decision regarding timing of the project, fate of the boulevard trees, and more.   

We encourage downtown business and property owners, as well as members of the public, to participate in the Town’s official engagement process – this is the best way to ensure YOUR voice is heard! 

Learn more about the project here:

https://orangeville.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/f30ece8bf01949d09a7993243caa3977

Watch the public meeting and the project presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHWfKj-Fx1k

There are 4 ways to have your voice heard!

Thank you for taking the time to have your voice heard on this important issue!

Sincerely,

The Orangeville BIA