York Regional Council approves three new streetscape proposals
NEWMARKET - York Regional Council approved three applications for Municipal Streetscape Partnership Program contributions for two projects in the Town of Georgina and one in the City of Vaughan.
The Municipal Streetscape Partnership Program is a funding program offering local municipalities the opportunity to cost-share on locally-initiated streetscape projects within The Regional Municipality of York. The percentage of cost-sharing awarded to a proposal is based on its location and relation to the 10-year Roads Capital Program. Submissions are evaluated for eligibility, assigned an appropriate funding category and then recommended for Regional Council approval. York Region will contribute $158,532 towards the three approved projects.
“The Municipal Streetscape Partnership Program supports York Region’s commitment to creating sustainable communities and allows the Region to improve our neighbourhoods through high quality streetscape design,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “We continue to encourage partnerships with our local municipalities so residents can live, learn, work and play in safe and accessible communities.”
The three approved proposals positively contribute to York Region, support future Regional growth and development, and create safe, attractive, pedestrian-friendly streets for residents.
Town of Georgina - Woodbine Avenue pedestrian lighting
The Town of Georgina’s lighting project installed black steel light poles, street light arms, fixtures and banner arms on Woodbine Avenue between Glenwood Avenue and Morton Avenue. The light standards complement the existing streetscape and provide a strong sense of entry into Keswick. The project cost $98,164 and qualifies for a 50-per cent ($49,082) Regional contribution.
Town of Georgina - Woodbine Avenue enhanced pedestrian crosswalks
The Town of Georgina’s crosswalk project implemented enhanced coloured zebra crosswalks to complement the existing streetscape work and provide safe crossing locations to access transit service. The project cost $72,000 and qualifies for a 50-per cent ($36,000) Regional contribution.
City of Vaughan - Major Mackenzie Drive pedestrian lighting
The City of Vaughan’s project will install black decorative concrete light poles, street light arms, LED light fixtures and banner arms on Major Mackenzie Drive between Keele Street and Peter Rupert Avenue. The light standards complement the recently updated streetscape and provide a sense of place for Maple. The project will cost $220,350 and qualifies for a 33-per cent ($73,450) Regional contribution.
“Our experience of a place is connected to the appearance, feel and character of the street, and this program recognizes the important role streets have in creating successful urban areas and a sense of place,” said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services Committee. “Streetscape is a key component in creating complete streets, which in turn instils a sense of pride in York Region residents.”
In October 2006, Regional Council approved the Municipal Streetscape Partnership Program, its associated policy and endorsed the allocation of up to $1 million annually to the program. Since 2007, 11 applications received from seven municipalities have been approved for program contributions. Local municipalities are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the streetscape.
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