Barrie is forging ahead with some improvements to the downtown core.
Council rubberstamped the move on Monday night, to have construction start this fall on a variety of enhancements to Dunlop Street, at a cost of $10.5 million.
Phase One has work being done from Mulcaster to Bayfield Street, including contemporary sidewalk design and parking spaces that can be converted for foot traffic instead, for one of any number of downtown Barrie street events. The enhancements would also see more trees and greenery in the core, along with more bike racks and garbage bins. Construction is set to begin September 10th. This will shorten the downtown temporary patio season.
The whole thing is bolstered by a $300,000 commitment from the Barrie BIA.
Phase two of the Dunlop improvements, from Bayfield to Toronto Streets, won’t begin until Spring of 2020.