SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – A draft copy of the Jamestown Revitalization project obtained by Sault Online lists many project ideas for the Jamestown area under various urgency levels and titles.
The document includes the immediate action the city could take (2021 & 2022) and medium-term three-to-five-year goals.
Resurfacing Anna Marinelli Park with a rubberized, accessible surface.
Playground equipment would be added for a range of ages and abilities.
Putting some new recreational amenities on city-owned green spaces including berms/mounds for sitting tobogganing.
Other goals include a dirt surface bike track, small soccer field and some benches/picnic tables around mature trees that could be added.
One of the issues identified by the city is the feeling of being disconnected from the rest of the city.
Immediate plans to construct a pedestrian crossing facility at Carmen’s Way and Albert Street is seen as a way to fix this issue.
One medium-term plan includes extending the hub trail by adding a multi-use path in the community that would connect back to the existing Huron St. trail.
Bringing new businesses to the area has also been designated a priority by the city.
The first thing the planning department would like to do is change the official plan to designate lands along the north side of Cathcart Street and the west side of West Street to permit a mix of light industrial as well as commercial uses. The idea is to create an environment similar to White Oak Drive.
Plans are in place to increase safety in the area as well as foster more partnerships in the community.
According to a planning department member, the whole plan is hoping to be presented to the council soon.