Consultants with the Sault Ste. Marie Canal district will present a finalized report to City Council at the end of March based on feedback to three public open houses on the revitalization plans for the western portion of the downtown area.
The main objective of the plan is to create a public area surrounded by green space with links to the Hub trail. The development strategy includes a large portion of property encompassing James Street business district , Gore Street and the historic canal site along with the Gateway property and the former St. Mary’s Paper lands.
Originally the city had hoped to attract a developer for the Gateway site. A process that has taken almost three decades. This new plan is much larger in scope and involves public and private investment.
The Canal District Master Plan calls for the City to develop a new Civic Park Plaza at the Fish Hatchery location that would encourage people to the area and help extend the John Rowswell Hub Trail westerly to the James Street with it being developed from the boardwalk to the Historic former St. Marys Paper site through to Esposito Park through to James Street. Plans for a new permanent home for the Algoma Farmer’s Market are underway on the St. Marys site that will eventually tie in arts and culture in separate buildings that are all part of the Canal District Master Plan. If the city moves forward with the overall idea, its believed to be the largest downtown core project in the city’s history, linking James street, the new bridge plaza, the gateway and St. Marys property and possible road redesign for Huron and Andrew Street.
Input on the proposed Canal District Master Plan from area residents, businesses, property owners and the community is welcome and encouraged. You can provide input by making a written submission to:
Further information on the proposed Canal District Master Plan can be obtained during regular office hours in the Planning Division, Level 5, Civic Centre or from the City website www.cityssm.on.ca Written comments or inquiries should be directed to:
The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie
Steve Turco – Planner, Planning Division P.O. Box 580, 99 Foster Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5N1
705-759-5279 or email [email protected] The Feb. 12, 2014 News Release can be viewed here.