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Downtown plan ready for public scrutiny

Penticton is launching public sessions for residents and businesses to review the proposed vision for a revitalized downtown.

This next phase was announced at Tuesday's council meeting, where a presentation on the proposed plan for the downtown was presented.

"We are thrilled with the progress to date and excited to enter into the final stages of the process, finalizing the direction for our community's future," said Barb Haynes, chair of the Downtown Revitalization Select Committee, and a Tuesday presenter. "We invite the public to learn about the plan and the exciting future in store."

Much of 2012 was spent setting the stage and engaging the public in the plan which will spruce up Penticton's timeworn downtown.

Among the highlights are large scale projects that will occur over the long term like streetscapes, park space enhancements and the rehabilitation of Penticton Creek.

Smaller projects include playground equipment, washrooms, public art and other amenities that will benefit the area.

Councillor John Vassilaki stated that a lot of changes have to accompany the revitalization.

"It doesn't matter how many millions you spend, if you don't make the downtown liveable," he said.

While Councillor Wes Hopkin asked what was happening with making the old Ellis Street bus barn into a year-round market,

Haynes said the project has been put on hold at that location, but a market was still on the list of to-dos.

Public sessions will be held at the Saturday Market on Main Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on June 1, 8 and 15.

An open house within the city centre foyer, 399 Main Street, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., on June 6.

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