Town Council has directed staff to continue to move forward with the plans to create a downtown cultural hub (DCH) centred around town lands at Centennial Square and the former post office site. The DCH update report to Planning and Development Council last night also highlighted the extensive community engagement program to take place over the next six to nine months before staff reports back to Council with concrete options for potential future development.
“Downtown Oakville is a cultural, economic and historical focal point for our community and this Council is committed to ensuring its long-term success,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Over the past year we have completed work to ensure we preserve the heritage of our downtown, and now Council and I look forward to working with the community to explore options for its future.”
Phase 1 will involve a needs assessment for cultural facilities, financial and engineering studies, as well as extensive community engagement to develop and refine these options.
The second project, a Transportation and Streetscape Study led by the town’s Director of Engineering and Construction Dan Cozzi, will look at mobility, streetscape and parking in the downtown district.