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April 23, 2018, 1:58 pm

The Changing Face of Prince George's Downtown

City of Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE - Prince George’s downtown is undergoing a multi-year period of civic and private sector development unlike anything it has seen in decades:

  • A new four-phase housing development with underground parking across from City Hall.
  • The opening of a new Marriott hotel.
  • The development of a proposed new hotel on 6th Avenue between Quebec and Dominion Streets.
  • The design and construction of a new pool to replace the Four Seasons.
  • The design and construction of a new front entrance for the Bob Harkins Branch of the Prince George Public Library.
  • The development of a new park next to the Wood Innovation and Design Centre.
  • The completion of UNBC’s Wood Innovation Research Lab.
  • A new location for the Prince George Farmers Market 1310 – 3rd Avenue (the intersection of 3rd and Quebec). The building is also the future location of a new arts-based community centre.


“We’re now seeing an unprecedented amount of development in downtown Prince George,” says Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George. “Over a decade ago, the City developed a concept plan, called Smart Growth on the Ground, which envisioned a path to a sustainable and vibrant downtown. This Council has made a commitment to advance, through our Corporate Plan, many of the ideas laid out in that strategy including incentives, events, and new facilities and services. Now we are seeing the results!”

The City of Prince George has published a web page at www.princegeorge.ca/downtown with information about the progress downtown. The page includes information on road closures and a link to downtown parking information.

“Council and Administration wish to thank residents for their patience while these important developments take place,” says Mayor Hall. “While we all share in the excitement of realizing many long-awaited achievements, we are aware that large construction activities and major projects can present inconveniences and can take some time to get used to. We appreciate the public’s understanding while these developments take place.”

Parkade construction and utility projects

A&T Project Developments has begun construction of a City-owned parkade across from City Hall. The parkade will also serve as the foundation for a four-phase market condo development on the site.
Starting on Monday, April 23, portions of George Street and Sixth Avenue will be permanently closed to accommodate the development. Major utility operations are also commencing to move and replace water, sanitary sewer, and storm water infrastructure. These activities will involve the replacement of some aging water pipes.

Construction of the parkade and the relocation of utility infrastructure will require the removal of some trees at City Hall along George Street. The spruce trees will be re-planted at Duchess Park; the elm and ash trees will be used by local community organizations such as the Prince George Woodturners Guild.

The City’s Public Art Committee will also accept applications from artists and artisans to utilize the trees in the creation of products that may be used for fundraising by local charities. The new housing development under construction across from City Hall will also include more than 100 new trees.

Permanent road closures

Starting this week, George Street between 7th Avenue and Patricia Blvd. will be closed permanently to allow for the construction of the parkade and subsequent housing development next to City Hall.
Later this summer, 6th Avenue between Quebec Street and Dominion Street will also be permanently closed to enable the development of a proposed new hotel.

Downtown demolitions

The following City-owned buildings are expected to be demolished this summer:

  • The old RCMP building at the corner of 10th Avenue and Brunswick Street.
  • The Days Inn hotel to accommodate the new pool
  • The Kings Inn Bible Store to prepare the site for the proposed new hotel.
  • The current Farmers Market building behind the Keg.


Note that work associated with the demolitions is expected to cause some short-term detours on adjacent roads.

Media contact:

Michael Kellett
Senior Communications Officer
City of Prince George
o: 250.614.7882 | c: 250.613.9087
michael.kellett@princegeorge.ca
 

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