BAYFIELD — BM Ross and Associates Ltd. once again proposed their idea to revitalize the downtown of Bayfield to Bluewater council.
The project has been in the works since Bayfield council passed the Original Heritage Conservation District Plan in 1983 after it designated Bayfield as a heritage district in 1982.
The plan has been altered over the years, but the idea to pay homage the to the history and legacy has not changed. In 2016, the proposal undertook a detailed drainage design as well as integrated the 2010 streetscape plan, incorporating barrier free access. It saw the return of the treescape and boulevards while attempting to capture the essence of the heritage landscape.
This year's project scope would ideally have upgrades come for Main Street. Members of the community have had extensive input on ideas included in the project and together they believe change is needed when it comes to the current deficiencies. If all goes to plan, the group would like to see upgrades to hydro servicing, granular surfaced parking spaces upgraded accessories (benches, trash receptacles, etc.) and to make the area brighter by planting more trees in 2017.
The cost for the project is an estimated $1,550,000, if council goes through with some of the downtown enhancements. Council approved to look into the revitalization again this year, but continue to see where they can fit this into the annual budget.