Downtown Collingwood Archway/Gateway Feature

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BIA archway design concepts

At the Council meeting held April 19, 2022 Council directed that Town staff collaborate with the BIA to engage the public on the conceptual designs proposed for an archway to the Downtown/BIA and report back to Council by end of May.

The first conceptual drawing of an entrance archway into the Downtown was discussed with the Downtown Collingwood BIA Board of Management (BIA) in June of 2016 and presented to the General Membership in the 2018 Annual Report. This was identified as a long-term priority based on the studies outlined below:

Identifies the creation

At the Council meeting held April 19, 2022 Council directed that Town staff collaborate with the BIA to engage the public on the conceptual designs proposed for an archway to the Downtown/BIA and report back to Council by end of May.

The first conceptual drawing of an entrance archway into the Downtown was discussed with the Downtown Collingwood BIA Board of Management (BIA) in June of 2016 and presented to the General Membership in the 2018 Annual Report. This was identified as a long-term priority based on the studies outlined below:

Identifies the creation of a gateway or entry markers into the District at Hurontario Street, First Street and Huron Street as Objectives and Policies for Townscape Features.

This Report indicates “the highway that runs through it (the town) is a liability. The vibrant retail area is not visible to someone driving Highway 26. It would be very easy for the traveler to stop at some of the businesses along First Street (a centre for big box and chain restaurants) and think they had seen the town.” The Core Strategies lists a Downtown Gateway at the north and south ends of the commercial area of Hurontario Street - “It is worth designing a celebration or announcement of some type”, adding “this may be an archway or building-mounted sign of some kind, large in size, and bold in appearance.”

The proposed design concept of using both sides of the sign also connect the visitor to the waterfront from the downtown.

This report noted that the historic downtown is not easily found by visitors and should be highlighted as “the only downtown core recognized in Canada’s Registrar of Historic Places”, and recommended the following Action Item in their report: Continue to work with the BIA to develop downtown gateways.

The archway project has been included in the BIA’s annual report / budget presentation to Council each year since 2019, as well as at the Annual General Meetings of the BIA each year.

$25,000 transferred from Reserve for the project was approved by Council in May 2021.

The BIA received federal grants to cover 100% of the costs with the potential to fund another gateway feature at the south end of the BIA.

The survey concluded at noon, Friday, May 20, 2022.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    At the Council meeting held April 19, 2022 Council directed that Town staff collaborate with the BIA to engage the public on the conceptual designs proposed for an archway to the Downtown/BIA and report back to Council by end of May. It is important to Council that Collingwood residents have a say in the design of the project that will be a prominent feature of our downtown for years to come.

    Results of this survey are not scientific, however by asking for registration by participants, we can ensure that the survey is filled out by Collingwood residents only and that only 1 survey is filled out per person.

    Hard copies are also available at Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street or you are welcome to send your feedback to clerk@collingwood.ca 

    Thank you for your interest and participation in this engagement.

    The survey closed at noon, Friday, May 20, 2022.

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