On Monday, council approved the new budget.
The updated budget has been approved for Stony Plain’s downtown redevelopment.
On Monday, council approved $3.8 million of funding, bringing the total cost of the project to $15.9 million. This is an increase of $390,976 from the initial budget.
In a statement, Town Manager Tom Goulden says with a project of this scale, that spans over four years, it’s not surprising that the cost is slightly higher than originally projected.
In the same statement, General Manager of Planning & Infrastructure Ian McKay says tendering phase III and phase IV of the project into one package will make construction more efficient and save the town money, while also minimalizing disruption to downtown businesses.
Phase I of the project was completed in 2017 and focused on rear lane improvements. Work on phase II will continue later this spring in conjunction with phase III also getting underway in 2019, with construction running as weather permits. Phase IV will wrap-up the reconstruction in 2020.
The town identifies these updates as part of the project:
- Stamped and coloured asphalt StreetBond crossings will be more noticeable to drivers and make crossings safer for the pedestrians.
- Drop down curb ramps will be incorporated at crossings and handicap parking stalls to support wheelchair accessibility and promote universal accessibility.
- Wide sidewalks will be enhanced with coloured and sandblasted concrete patterns. Well-defined pedestrian and street furniture zones will maximize the pedestrian realm.
- Furniture Zones will include: trees in tree grates; lit bollards; light poles with hanging baskets and banners; concrete planters; seating; traffic and wayfinding signage; garbage receptacles; and bicycle racks.
- To sustain the trees long-term, soil cells will be incorporated into the drainage design to fit within the sidewalk.
- Lit bollards will further help indicate the pedestrian realm and protect from vehicles parking along the road. The illumination will also add interest and aesthetics during the night and winter months.
- An upgrade to LED light bulbs will be incorporated into the electrical design for all proposed street lights and bollards.
- Avenues will be transformed up to the alleyways to tie into bike corridors and differentiate the downtown core from the surrounding residential areas.
- A roundabout has been designed at 50th Street and 51st Ave to conform to standard vehicle turning radius. This will be the focal point of the downtown, and a designated area for festivals and events.
- The roundabout will support future placement of removable gazebos, art, and/or the Town Christmas tree, which will animate the space.
- Downtown entrance pillar signage at both the North and South entrances.