Cliff Avenue work on track

A vision for a revitalized downtown continues to move ahead in Enderby

A vision for a revitalized downtown continues to move ahead in Enderby.

Council discussed beautification of Cliff Avenue Monday.

“The street is due for repair. The water lines are 50 years old and the trees are lifting sidewalks and buildings,” said Coun. Brad Case.

“It’s time for the street to be done and if we’re going to do it, let’s shine it up.”

The theme would be Life on the River and the concept proposed a raised intersection to promote traffic safety, a large tree outside of the library and lounge seating. Pier-inspired structures would be used in a plaza area.

The possible price tag for the work is $1.8 million.

“We were looking at up to $1 million (for infrastructure) so we thought, ‘How do we spur downtown?”” said Mayor Greg McCune.

“We want to change the element of downtown.”

The next step is developing a detailed design.

“There will be a chance for public feedback,” said Case.

As part of gathering input, impacted businesses will be invited to attend an open house.

“The downside to this process is that it is labour intensive while being difficult to schedule so all businesses are able to attend,” said Tate Bengtson, chief administrative officer, in a report.

“The upside to this process is that it provides a better opportunity to respond to technical inquiries in a group setting.”

Construction could begin as early as February.

“We would do from the highway to Old Vernon Road in phase one and in the fall, phase two from Old Vernon Road to the bridge,” said McCune.