QUESNEL, B.C. – The City of Quesnel begins construction on the Four Corners revitalization project today.
The project will see the parking lot at the southeast corner of Reid Street and St. Laurent Avenue redeveloped, including a wider pedestrian plaza, benches for the public, landscaping improvements and eventually a bandshell.
“We are pleased to be underway with this important investment in our infrastructure,” said Mayor Nate Bello. “The continued development of our downtown is a key to our sense of community. A more pedestrian-friendly core will spur economic activity while providing a beautifying aspect as well.”
The City received $250,000 in funding from the Canada/BC Infrastructure Program. The Quesnel Downtown Business Association contributed $30,000. The project’s total cost is estimated at $363,000, with Richbar Nursery performing the construction aspect under contract for $275,841. Water and hydro services, engineering, design and contingency make up the remainder of the costs.
“A dynamic downtown is a large component of an exciting, vibrant community,” said Dave Forster, president of the QDBA. “We’re pleased to be part of this exciting development, encourage residents to watch the progress and ultimately utilize this new feature of downtown.”
During the construction process, which is expected to be complete by October 31, the parking lot will be reduced to angle parking directly off the alley only. The Quesnel Transit stop will move to the next block, and temporary pedestrian access will be constructed to allow the new sidewalks to be built. The Four Corners development leads to a net increase of parking in the downtown core.