Three vehicle and pedestrian walkways linking Belleville’s Front Street to a large off-street parking area and to the Moira Riverside Trail have reopened after the first phase of urban design improvements prepared by Office for Responsive Environments.
All three sites have received upgraded brick and concrete surfaces, planters, and concrete footings for additional lighting and furnishings to be installed in Spring 2015. At the two vehicle entrances, ORE prepared revised driving and parking layouts that recovered sufficient space to add new walkways that facilitate safe pedestrian access to parking areas and the riverside trail. The intention is ultimately to extend these improvements deeper into the Riverside Parking Areas, enhancing public safety and giving these areas a more urban quality.
At the third site, a city-owned carriageway between two private buildings has been improved to encourage mid-block walking connections to the parking and trail system. This site demonstrates improvements to be unrolled over time to the rest of Downtown Belleville’s carriageway system.
In Spring 2015, new safety and decorative lighting, metal screens and furnishings will be added to all three sites.
The improvements are part of ‘kickstart’ efforts connected to Belleville’s $21 million Downtown Revitalization and Redevelopment Project, demonstrating upgraded surfaces and new amenities being prepared for installation on 1.8 km of downtown streets beginning in 2015. Construction was carried out by Jeffrey G. Wallans Construction Ltd.