The downtown core of Lloydminster will be going through a change and it could take up to three years to complete the consultations stages before any work is done.
Mayor Rob Saunders said that the collective revitalization project is a better way to understand what the stakeholders and the members of the public would like to see in establishing a revitalized downtown core.
“While there is a lot of consultations with people that are stakeholders and members of the general public,” he said. “This also allows us to develop some policy and design with the current physical downtown assets.”
Saunders said that one of the major goals that he hopes to see come from this collective revitalization are guidelines for future development.
The project launched at the end of August and Saunders said that city staff have been watching very closely the changing of downtown.
“We are seeing new businesses and new investments in the downtown core,” said Saunders. “We want to be ahead of the curb and as we looked at our growth strategy plan, it projecting a large population base, possibly doubling over the next couple of years.
“When we look at the north-south Highway 17 corridor project, we look at the downtown stakeholders in the whole redevelopment and the total value of the marketplace downtown. This revitalization will help the downtown core and the city move forward.”
Saunders said that the collective revitalization will be completed in three parts, with a heavy focus on three areas.
Community engagement, which will see an establishment of a community-made vision of the downtown. The second phase will be policy and design, which will guide future development in the downtown core and the third area of focus is the socio-cconomic analysis, which will support targeted growth strategies.
The city is looking for input from business owners in the downtown core and the general public. You can fill out a survey at www.downtownlloyd.com.
“We have already been talking to people about the downtown revitalization and there has been a survey that has been sent out. Anyone can visit the website and submit their comments about the downtown core,” Saunders said, encouraging everyone to fill out the survey.
The downtown area of Lloydminster, according to the city, is directly north of the Highway 17, Highway 16 intersection.
Depending on the information that is collected, Saunders said that assessment of the information collected will take some time.
“It’s a multi-year project and we are thinking between one and three years,” he said. “But, we will see when we progress through.”