CitySpeak

This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Cindy Jefferies questions regarding the Gaetz Ave. redevelopment project.

What stage of the redevelopment is the City currently in? What’s next?

“The Gaetz Avenue Redevelopment plan was approved earlier this year. The first phase of this re-development has just started – you may have noticed the road closures,” said Jefferies. “We will see construction in 49th Street and 51 Street in this first phase over the summer months.”

What would you like to see done as part of the Gaetz Ave. redevelopment?

“This is such a great space and provides opportunity for fun and friendship. When the construction is complete we will have many improvements including better sidewalks, signage, lighting and landscaping,” said Jefferies. “Businesses along Gaetz will be in the midst of all the activity. In the end – I think we will have an area that businesses really want to be part of – it will have a true sense of place.”

Why is it important for this redevelopment to take place?

“Redevelopment has already taken place along Alexander Way (48 St.) and along Ross Street. During those two projects it was anticipated that Gaetz Avenue (in the downtown) would be enhanced,” said Jefferies. “The redeveloped Gaetz Avenue will tie in nicely and help bring the pieces together. Our downtown is full of opportunities, we are working with the Downtown Business Association and local businesses to encourage more development and investment – together we will make a great place.”

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