The Town of The Blue Mountains has identified a need for more parking in the downtown core of Thornbury. On June 15, 2020, The Blue Mountains Council approved the purchase of Lot 15 and Lot 17 on Arthur Street West in Thornbury with the purpose of providing a formalized parking area.
Removal of the existing structure on the property has occurred and the Town has awarded a contract for engineering services to WT Infrastructure Inc.
Approximately 2600 square metres, the area will be developed into a small hard surfaced lot that will maximize parking potential with consideration for drainage and stormwater management, lighting, landscaping, capacity for future electric vehicle charging stations and a bicycle corral.
At a Committee of the Whole meeting on March 29, 2021, it was determined that the area will be turned into a 'Community Space' for the Summer of 2021.
Construction of the parking lot will occur either in the Fall of 2021 or the Spring of 2022 with completion expected before Summer 2022.
June 11th, 2021 - The Town of The Blue Mountains Community Services department will begin the creation of the "Community Space" to coincide with the Ontario reopening plan.
June 24th, 2021 - The Town's Community Services department has installed seating including muskoka chairs and picnic tables for a "Community Space" to be used through the summer of 2021.
September 14, 2021 - Virtual meetings were held with adjacent property owners and the Thornbury BIA Board of Directors to gather feedback on the initial design of the Arthur Street West Parking Lot. The virtual meetings featured a Conceptual Design Presentation for the parking lot design from WT Infrastructure. The design includes 49 standard parking spaces, three barrier-free parking spaces, allowance for electric vehicle charging spaces, a bicycle and pedestrian plaza, as well as native and drought-tolerant landscaping. Feedback received during the meetings will be considered through the next phase of the project. The design presentation can be viewed here.