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About the Project

The goal of this project is to improve the function and aesthetic of the commercial centre and encourage community access and use. The approach associated with this project is to make the public space surrounding the commercial space more inviting by increasing the perception of safety, connect the business and community with amenable, attractive infrastructure and pedestrian-oriented landscaping.

This project is specific to the public realm enhancements in Elmwood, focused on improvements to the City owned land along the south side of 83 Avenue and the East side of 167 Street, adjacent to the Elmwood Commercial Centre.

The streetscaping infrastructure enhancements are intended to provide small and functional elements that contribute to area beautification and connectivity to the local community with year-round appeal.

Project Timeline

Concept Development: January - May 2018
Preliminary Design: June - September 2018
Design Development and Contract Award: September - December 2018

Project Timeline

Project Lifecycle Design

Public Engagement

Strategy Phase

Engagement was conducted through a survey. This helped to define priorities for enhancements, including:

  • Enhanced landscaping; including hardscaping (such as paving stones) and trees/shrubs
  • Increased lighting
  • Integration of seating (such as benches)
  • Addition of bike racks
  • Integration of decorative features
  • Bus stop enhancement, with interest in addition of bus stop shelter

Concept Phase

A Public Engagement Event was held on May 3, 2018 at the Elmwood Community Hall. Participants were invited to engage in design review through a survey and conversation. The intent was to gain stakeholder perspective, insight and preferences to help refine the plans for streetscape enhancement.

If you are interested to see what was presented, please see the display boards package.

Please review the What We Heard - May 2018 report for a summary of the feedback received.

Design Phase

As identified at the Concept Engagement Session, engagement for Preliminary Design was conducted via an additional survey made available on the Corner Store project website. The survey was open from August 20-31, 2018. We did not receive any responses to the survey. Feedback provided outside of the survey was considered to inform design development. No additional engagement will occur for project design.

Preliminary Design - Site Development

About the Corner Store Program

The Corner Store Program was identified as a way to focus specific reinvestment into local neighbourhood commercial areas. Upgrading streetscaping and building facades along with working directly with the local business, community members and property owners to address specific business needs could act as a catalyst to spur business revival and increase potential for sustained local economic development.

The Corner Store Pilot began in 2015 with a vision to enhance the commercial centres in selected neighbourhoods. Key elements of the program include:

  • Retail market analysis
  • Commercial centre physical improvements
  • Public realm enhancements
  • Strategic planning and marketing assistance
  • Business support

The outcomes expected from a successful program include strengthening the business commercial viability of the area, connecting commercial small business services to community needs, improved opportunities for walkability to local amenities and contributing to the overall economic development of the area.

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design

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