A London City Councillor is taking a proactive approach to Dundas’ future as a flex street.
Construction on City Council’s $15-million dollar plan to turn Dundas into a flex street that’s pedestrian friendly flex street won’t even begin until next year.
Ward 13 Councillor Tanya Park, whose ward includes the downtown, wants the city to be ready to start offering events once construction wraps in four years.
Park has submitted a proposal to the Planning Committee to create a programming team to coordinate events for the flex street.
Park feels the city needs to plan ahead.
“I think it’s important now so that any kind of kinks that come along the way, because with any kind of projects you do have kinks, to have enough time to work through those so that it’s a seamless integration into operations after everything is built,” she said.
She said “Dundas Place” will be huge for the downtown.
“I think it will be a central piece to revitalization, and reaffirm everyone’s love of the downtown,” Park said. “Everyone talks about the by-gone era when you could shop and just have a great time in the downtown, which you can still do, and this will just give another element to what you can do in the downtown.”
The flex street will run along Dundas from the Thames River to Wellington Street. Cars will be barred at times to allow for live events and performances.
Park’s proposal will be be reviewed at next Tuesday’s Planning Committee meeting.