Public design session set for revitalization
November 9, 2012
GRAVENHURST – The future vision for Gravenhurst’s downtown core should become a bit clearer after a public open house and design session this coming Tuesday, Nov. 13, during the evening.
Everyone is being invited to attend the workshop, to be held in the opera house Trillium Court, where the next steps of the Downtown Revitalization project will take place.
“This is going to be a great opportunity for people to have their say and share their vision for what they want to see the downtown become and where it is headed over the next 50 years,” said revitalization project coordinator Phyllis Finch. “When it’s (the session) over, we’re really hoping to have a better idea of what the community of Gravenhurst wants to see for this downtown.”
The design session will be facilitated by Sean Kelly of Stempski Kelly Associates Inc., a design, planning and architect firm that specializes in rural Canadian projects. Finch explained Kelly will provide some short presentations including examples of downtown revitalization projects in the country and province and will give some of his perspectives on what works and what may not.
Participants will also take part in a number of exercises to provide their opinions and desires for the future of the downtown core, including its overall appearance and physical design.
“It’s really a very exciting time for Gravenhurst,” Finch said, adding all information gathered from Tuesday night’s session will be used to generate a report and will be combined with a number of community surveys she is either just completing or about to get under way.
She said the major business owner surveys have just about been completed and in the next couple of weeks volunteers will be hitting Gravenhurst streets to conduct a customer-point-of-origin survey.
“What fabulous conversations I’ve been having,” she said. “Everyone’s been very positive in getting behind this project. The whole thing is going to take some time to come together, but I see this community moving forward in a very positive way.”
Finch said more public meetings will be coming up soon as a follow up to Tuesday night’s and come early 2013, all gathered information will meld and an official strategic plan will begin to take shape.
If anyone would like more information about the project or the upcoming session, contact Finch at 705-687-3412, extension 270.
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