11th Street, on the District of Houston's long-term downtown improvement project list. (Angelique Houlihan photo/Houston Today)

District nails down vision for next phase of downtown improvement

It’ll build on nearly-finished 9th Street work

Council here has started to firm up how the eventual above ground improvements to 10th and 11th Streets will look as planning continues for an extensive rebuild of the community’s downtown core.

Road surfaces will be reconstructed and there’s to be new sidewalks in some locations along with provisions for greenspace in the area from Copeland through Poulton to Butler and bounded by 10th and 11th.

The intersection of 10th and Poulton is to be the heart of the project, complete with benches and tables with some of those aspects also destined for 11th and Poulton.

Council members, at their Oct. 6 meeting, settled on some of the major design aspects now to be incorporated:

– there’ll be a greenspace/tree boulevard location on the north side of 10th

– Copeland, where it meets Hwy16, will be widened to permit a righthand turning lane

– an existing block retaining wall on the south side of 10th will be kept, meaning that a sidewalk running there will be 1.6 metres wide, narrower than the standard 2 metre width

– there are no immediate plans to remove the Robbie Bell statue and its status is to be discussed at a later date

– the 11 St. southern sidewalk will be replaced from Copeland to Butler. The new sidewalk will be pushed back to the property line so that it can be wider. An original plan had the sidewalk being narrower starting at the Service BC building to allow parallel parking.

– don’t expect to see the standard ‘zebra’ stripes in crosswalks. Instead, council wants to incorporate fish designs to better reflect angling, one of the area’s key attractions.

– upgrades to the lane between 10th and 11th from Poulton Ave to Copeland are to be included to provide long term access to the Kyah Forest Products building.

One other aspect to be confirmed is the width of the sidewalk in front of Pharmsave to ensure it meets the recommended 2 metre width, something that will make it age-friendly for pedestrians.

While the above ground reconstruction will be most visible, downtown improvements include underground work as well, District operations manager Chris Lawrence noted in a memo presented to council.

“The bulk of the underground utility work will involve watermain upgrades and repairs to existing sanitary and storm drainage infrastructure,” he said.

Urban Systems Ltd., which guided the design work on the nearly-completed 9th St. work, will now take the above considerations for 10th and 11th and build them into a package leading to an eventual tendering of the project.

The District will be seeking financial help from the federal and provincial governments to fully pay for the planned projects.

Just Posted

Parking time is to be limited in one spot on 9th. (Houston Today photo)
District seeks grant to update bylaws

And decides on 15-minute parking

Bench installation on 9th Street is another sign the project is nearing completion. (Houston Today photo)
Progress being made on 9th Street finish

District aiming for June completion

File photo
Mental health checks proving valuable

Police officer and nurse team up each week

The two billboards for the Cow Moose Sign project arrived in Topley last week with Justin Cradock, owner of Pitbull Trucking Ltd. and the area is now getting prepared for installation. (Dan Simmons photo/Houston Today)
Cow Moose sign project billboards arrive in Topley

Two billboards for the Cow Moose Sign project have arrived in Topley… Continue reading

File photo
Snow clearing changes would cost money, survey finds

Council being asked to give direction

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

The warm weather means time for a camping trip, or at least an excursion into nature. How much do you know about camps and camping-related facts? (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Are you ready to go camping?

How many camp and camping-related questions can you answer?

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Dr. Steve Beerman, of Nanaimo, shows off his Dr. David Bishop Gold Medal, awarded for distinguished medical service. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Former UFV Cascades wrestling coach Arjan Singh Bhullar is now the ONE heavyweight champion after defeating Brandon Vera via TKO in round two on Saturday in Singapore. (ONE Championship)
Former UFV wrestling coach wins MMA championship

Arjan Singh Bhullar captures ONE heavyweight title, first Indian origin fighter to achieve honour

Most Read