The following was posted as a comment on my last post by CPTChris. Some great ideas and comments.
I have a lot of thoughts on this but I’ll preface first that I have no experience in municipal politics or city planning. Also I just moved into town 6 months ago and don’t know the history of town or the development of some of the properties.
I think a couple of your points are valid and some others are not. A bowling alley in the down town core or a movie theater that caters to the needs of “you” may be a stretch. Please note the sarcasm. But I do agree with the development of business in the core. I like the idea of closing down streets in the interest of foot traffic. I also like the idea of diverting SOME traffic. You do want some people driving through the core to see what we have to offer?
Some things I think we need to consider:
Free Wi Fi in the core. Get people out of the Starbucks and maybe onto a street bench or park to do their websurfing outside in a our great city See what Stratford did. http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/festival-hydro-transforms-stratford-into-wifi-hotspot/41445
Another is a board to attract small and large business to Collingwood. A nice example of that is http://www.switchvideo.com/collingwood/. More tech start ups and incentives to do that. I could go on at length about this but I won’t.
A strong push on the advertisement of the water front. I’ve had multiple conversations recently with people that had no idea that Collingwood is on the water. Let’s get this giant asset working for us! Again I don’t know the history of the silos or who owns them but this should be retail board walks with park space, boat shows, poker runs, art in the park. Wake stock is a great start…keep them coming.
A boutique hotel in the core…on the strip. All the hotels are leaning out towards the mountain or surrounded by those ugly big box stores. People don’t stay in their rooms…they walk around. Great foot traffic.
I’d love a Brew Pub in the down town…but I’d also like a Mexican Restaurant where you can get a good Carne Asada. But that would be personal interest. ; )
More buildings and Galleries along the lines of the Tremont Studio or Enterprise Bulletin building. Pushing and developing the arts in the core.
More people living in the Core. More people live there…the more poeple will use it and walk around in it. Downtown Condos and dual purpose structures.
Get that hole filled in and the land taken away from that developer that has been sitting on that whole for over 6 years. The Admiral by Charis developments. This land needs to be taken away from them and any other properties they own in the core and are doing nothing with.
I think their should be a board that approves the development of some of these buildings in regards to esthetic and keeping buildings with in the theme off the core and some of the nicer buildings. The new Library is stunning. More of this please. And as good a job as Loblaws did. Not sure if this is a fairly new build. But they failed miserably in regards to mountain rd. There was no consideration taken into account for the backside of that building and it’s now what architects refer to as dead space. That block will never have anything nice on the south side of the street because all you have is a large brick wall with no character.