Council acquires key downtown lands in support of redevelopment

Public input sought on concepts for 500 Block of Terminal Avenue

Summary

On Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Regular Council Meeting, the Mayor announced that the City of Nanaimo purchased properties along the 500 block of Terminal Avenue, which Council identified early in its term as a key redevelopment site in Nanaimo’s downtown. The properties consist of the former Jean Burns Building, In-Print Graphic Design and Black & Blue Tattoo. When combined with other City-owned properties, Council has taken a significant step in redeveloping the 500 Block of Terminal Avenue, from Esplanade to Commercial.

Community feedback consistently notes that a vibrant pedestrian realm along Terminal Avenue is critical to providing a thriving downtown. Over the next few months, Nanaimoites will have an opportunity to provide input to concept designs for the area, which include:

  • Pedestrian improvements to Terminal Avenue, from Esplanade to Commercial
  • Attractive public space or plaza on the site of the former Jean Burns building, incorporating this block of Commercial
  • Potential to incorporate a transit hub between Terminal and Shaw Lane
  • Development of the Albert St cycle route to and through the downtown
  • Potential to fix the challenging Albert-Wallace-Victoria-Commercial intersection
  • Coherent urban design plan for the Commercial Street Corridor to enhance the street as an attractive and inviting public space

More information about this project will be available in the coming weeks here: Terminal Avenue Project page.

Link to Strategic Plan: Council is committed to transforming Downtown Nanaimo to be a more livable space with complete streets and public realm spaces.

Key Points

  • Nanaimo Council purchased a number of properties in the 500 Block of Terminal Avenue to take command of a key redevelopment site in the downtown core.
  • Public engagement on concepts for how the area will be built is upcoming later this summer, through www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca.
  • A transit hub has been looking for a permanent home. Potential to incorporate a transit hub between Terminal and Shaw Lane as part of the redevelopment of the 500 block of Terminal Avenue.

Quotes

"Two years ago, Council made it clear that one of its priorities was redevelopment of key sites in Nanaimo’s downtown. I am pleased to announce that Council has taken a bold step forward in assembling the property in this neighbourhood to fulfil that redevelopment. Council and I look forward to hearing community feedback on the concepts for this space."

Mayor
City of Nanaimo

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500 Block of Terminal Avenue Concept Drawing
500 Block of Terminal Avenue Concept Drawing
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