Sault Ste. Marie’s downtown is set for a face-lift after council approved a few projects Monday night.
Council will act on just three of the 46 recommendations made by consultant Roger Brooks, who is known as a leader on Downtown development.
The three projects approved include spending $40,000 on new movable planter boxes to replace trees that were removed last year due to disease. The city will also put forth a call for proposals on a way-finding strategy that will help tourists and newcomers identify particular signage. Brooks made note that the signage used currently was ineffective and very poor.
The third project approved will be the development of an action plan in conjunction with the Community Development Roundtable’s Downtown Development Team, expected to cost $40,000 with the focus on building a stronger commercial base, creating more residential units and utilizing more community public space in the downtown area.
A study is also underway to determine options to convert the downtown’s one way traffic system to two way streets. Brooks recommended this in his report to the city and the downtown association in June.