Projects and Initiatives
Recognizing that there are many facets to downtown revitalization, DVDC has prioritized projects designed to increase private sector investor confidence, increase retail traffic among local consumers and visitors, and set the stage for creative residential development. Collaborative partnerships continue to play a key role in DVDC projects and initiatives.
The City of Greater Sudbury, Downtown Sudbury (BIA) and DVDC, with the support of FedNor, have examined ways to improve the downtown streetscape. Several site amenities are targeted for installation including light standards, street signs, benches, bicycle racks, litter/recycling receptacles and trees. Major gateways to mark the entry points to Sudbury’s downtown will also be installed over the course of the project. For more information, click here.
The City has removed the requirement for parking in existing building conversions to encourage new residential development. To increase the viability of such projects, it is imperative that creative parking solutions be developed. DVDC has begun a dialogue with the Greater Sudbury Planning Department on this issue and solutions are presently being explored. For more information, contact DVDC.
DVDC is working with Downtown Sudbury, the City of Greater Sudbury and senior levels of government to secure funding for the creation of a new conceptual Master Plan for Elm Street. This strategy conforms with the City’s Official Plan. The conceptual plan would focus on the re-routing of heavy trucks, minimizing the street to two lanes, the creation of parking spaces, and the beautification of the street. For more information, contact DVDC.
DVDC believes that Urban design Guidelines are important for the successful revitalization of downtown. Urban design is the coordination of elements that form the built environment including buildings, streets and open space. Design guidelines have the ability to help refine the vision and derive design principles for the downtown as a safe, vibrant, functional, attractive, diverse and economically healthy area for residents and visitors alike. For more information, contact DVDC.
With the support of its downtown partners, DVDC will explore the desirability of designating the downtown as a unique Heritage District. DVDC will work to establish “Heritage Grants” to help preserve our remaining heritage buildings. The Corporation will further be working with this committee and Downtown Sudbury on a “heritage-based” streetscape project which will add another layer of vibrancy to our historic core. For more information, click here.
Public Art is a vital ingredient in the cultural fabric and streetscape of creative cities. The Corporation will work with the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and community partners to prioritize the immediate establishment of a Municipal Public Art Policy. Such a policy would include a framework for placing works of art in public spaces and must be in place before art is installed on our streets. Public art will greatly enhance our downtown core as a place to live, work, shop, and play. For more information, contact DVDC.