City Council Approves New Projects to Enhance Downtown Brampton
If you frequently go to the downtown area of Brampton, this might interest you.
At a council meeting on May 15, the committee approved three transformational initiatives for the downtown area.
These three projects are part of the city’s 2040 Vision and Term of Council Priorities. The council says the projects will focus on the City’s efforts to create complete communities, unlock economic potential and reinforce Brampton’s unique position on the Innovation Corridor.
The first project is the Centre for Innovation (CFI). It is described as “an iconic gateway building offering a new central library providing opportunities for digital creation and programming, performance and audio recording, assistive technologies for various abilities, and culture days.”
The library will offer office spaces to residents and community partners. The CFI will also be a landmark for train passengers entering or departing the city from the GO station.
The City plans to work with community partners and key stakeholders to estimate the programming needs of the building and then proceed to the tender phase. Six architecture firms were pre-qualified for design services for this exciting project back in 2018.
The next project involves expanding the existing Downtown Transit Terminal. The terminal is currently operating at full capacity, so the council hopes for a conjunction with the CFI and the entire site which includes 8 Nelson Street West and 14 Nelson Street West.
The City will soon conduct a study to determine the best configuration and location of the future transit hub.
The final project planned is the Hurontario Main Light Rail Transit (HMLRT). The city council has been exploring the possibilities of adding an LRT to Brampton for a while now. The city plans to update the current environmental assessment study to cover transit opportunities.
This includes the Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (the mentioned approved route), a Main-George One-Way Loop, different underground tunnelling options, and plans to incorporate elements of enhanced streetscaping for Downtown Reimagined where possible.
The proposed development of the CFI also includes the possibility of an LRT route within the Main Street North Right-of-Way. The LRT routes will not be affected by the proposed location of the CFI.
“Today’s (May 15) decisions and the related developments are all exciting and transformational initiatives for Brampton,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “They are strongly connected to this Council’s priorities and the Vision our residents have shared of a more connected City. Our continued partnerships with Ryerson and Algoma universities are investments in building a city of opportunities that will support a robust creative, innovative and entrepreneurial environment.”
The city of Brampton also released a video concept of the planned projects: