Downtown Brampton Set to Undergo Major Transformation

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Brampton's downtown core has always been one of the city's most popular and recognizable districts, and for good reason. A small but bustling hub with on-trend restaurants, long-standing independent shops and on-point seasonal decor, the downtown area has a lot to offer residents—and it looks like it's about to get even more pedestrian friendly.

The City of Brampton recently announced that the municipality received approval from the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for the Downtown Brampton Streetscaping Environmental Assessment project (also called Downtown Reimagined).

"With this decision, the City will move ahead with detail design phase for the streetscaping work and the preferred cross-section as per the Environmental Assessment, but with a condition that any loading zones or accessible parking spots are to be placed where feasible and shall not impede the cycle lanes," the city wrote in a statement.

So, how will the city look in the future?

Residents have a chance to find out as the project is realized.

In the coming months, as the detail design phase progresses, stakeholders will be presented with options for the "look and feel" of the design and will have an opportunity to provide feedback.

According to the city, Downtown Reimagined aims to:

  • Create a street that will capitalize on the walkability and pedestrian capacity in the downtown
  • Animate these streets and become a placemaking destination
  • Bring together pedestrian, cyclist and motorists in a safe and sustainable manner
  • Enhance amenities and transform the public realm

The Downtown Reimagined project is being undertaken in coordination with the Region of Peel's Downtown Brampton Capital Project Phase 1, a multi-year project that will replace aging infrastructure, by rehabilitating or replacing new watermains and sanitary sewers in the downtown core. Project construction is anticipated to start in the fall of 2018.

"The City of Brampton and the Region of Peel are committed to working with all stakeholders to minimize disruption and ensure a safe transition of traffic and pedestrian movement during the construction," the city says.

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