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Parking lost for Elgin Promenade to be replaced; take survey to name path

Elgin-Promenade-Draft-March-2-2016-e1457313204333There was lively discussion about parking needs East of Brant around Village Square at a recent morning meeting of businesses to discuss the Elgin Promenade.

The promenade is a bike and walking route planned to connect the Centennial BIkeway, that currently ends at Martha Street, through several parking lots to Brant and Elgin streets. A gas line and other infrastructure run under the proposed promenade so it can’t be developed and is perfect for such a path.

The first leg of the path is being constructed this year in the parking lot north of Village Square, that runs between Pearl and Elizabeth Streets, in conjunction with planned resurfacing of this lot. Funding has come from the Burlington Downtown Business Association, the Canada 150 Fund and the city’s approved capital budget. The promenade will be wide enough for two cyclists and two pedestrians to pass comfortably, and will include benches, trees and potentially public art. It will be an area that could be animated with a festival, event or even a farmers market.

The promenade will require removal of parking on the north side of the lot. Some of that parking will be replaced on the south side by angling the parking; the balance of seven spaces will be added to the large parking lot across the street that runs between Elizabeth and John streets. These spaces will be added before the Elgin Promenade is constructed.

Businesses in this area had sought a solution that would not require any reduction in parking. That has been achieved. They also presented a petition from more than 200 customers expressing concern about lack of parking in the East end of downtown.

Want to help name the new path? Submit your ideas by taking the survey below.

Resources:

Elgin Promenade Project FAQ

City webpage: Downtown pathway

Survey: Name the path
My Take: I’m a fan of the promenade and believe it will add beauty and functionality to the downtown. I also appreciate the input from businesses and their customers about parking needs in this area, as it will help shape decisions going forward. As a result of these discussions, I am working with the Burlington Downtown Business Association and parking services to explore options for adding more customer parking in this area, including reallocating some of the current permit parking holders to other lots and repurposing some loading zones. Separately, we have already secured agreements from owners of the private parking lot facing James Street, and facing Pearl Street, to allow free public parking in evenings and weekends in these lots. Spread the word, and stay tuned for more updates.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

What's your take?