WORK has started on the next stage of Lake Macquarie City Council’s transformation of The Boulevarde, in Toronto, and the local business chamber is rapt.
Stage 4 of the streetscape upgrade will continue east from Pemell Street toward Victory Parade for about 50 metres.
“The stage is expected to take about two months to complete, weather permitting,” a council spokesperson said.
The work is part of the council’s $4.1 million Toronto Streetscape Master Plan.
The upgrade works will involve digging and construction within the existing garden area and road-level pavement area.
“It will provide new footpaths, increased outdoor dining opportunities, landscaping and the installation of new street furniture,” the spokesperson said.
Toward the end of this section, access to the council-owned car park will be closed for two weeks to complete driveway reinstatement.
Council is working with local businesses who use this car park to provide alternate parking options.
“To minimise disruption to the community, the upgrade works will be carried out in eight stages over the next 12 months,” the spokesperson said.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding the community has demonstrated throughout the works.”
Toronto Chamber of Commerce secretary Brenda Hartmire said the project was progressing well.
“The council’s consultation process is really very good. They’re trying to minimise the disruptions [to business] as much as they possible can,” she said.
“The locals are telling us they’re looking forward to when all of the new trees are planted. They think it looks smart and inviting.”
The chamber is about to start work on the North Side Project.
This will see a general clean-up and replanting of foliage around the trees on the northern side of The Boulevarde, to match the council’s work on the southern side of the street.
High-pressure cleaners will be used to brighten the footpath on the northern side, and gardens will be installed around the trees.
Work for the Dole participants will provide the labour under the supervision by Toronto Men’s Shed members.
“Eventually, when the stainless steel and wooden seats go in on the south side, we’ll get the same seats on this [north] side,” Mr Hartmire said.
The North Side Project is valued at $43,500 and comprises a state government grant of $11,000 plus sponsorship, and in-kind labour, Ms Hartmire said.
The aim of the Toronto Streetscape Master Plan is to improve access, help modernise the town centre, and improve opportunities for increased economic activity, the council spokesperson said.
- To find out more about the Toronto Streetscape Master Plan, visit lakemac.com.au.