Design Commercial - Downtown Reimagined!

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We are excited to announce that our partners from Toole Design will be hosting Design Studio Virtual Open Houses and a Virtual Public Presentation via Zoom on February 1, 2, & 3, 2022 as part of Design Week. Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas as we evolve the feedback gathered during Discovery Week into draft design options!

Links will be posed to this webpage in advance of the events.

Opportunities to participate:

Virtual Open House:
Tuesday, February 1st
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Virtual Open House:
Wednesday, February 2nd
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Virtual Presentation*:
Thursday, February 3rd
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

*Virtual Presentation will be recorded and posted to this webpage subsequent to Design Week.

Downtown is the heart of Nanaimo. It is the traditional meeting place, commercial centre, and transportation hub for our community. Commercial Street was recognized as one of the Great Places in Canada due to its mix of historical buildings and lively commercial activity.

The City has made significant investments in Commercial Street over the past 10 years with the construction of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, securing the new Marriot Hotel, and acquiring key redevelopment sites at Commercial and Terminal Ave.

While Commercial Street has many positive attributes, the public realm has become tired and there is an opportunity to refresh this important area of downtown. This project will develop an action plan to enhance the public realm space on Commercial Street. The action plan will incorporate the needs of local businesses and enhance opportunities for community events. Features such as public art, surface finishes, street trees, and lighting will be reviewed through this process.Design Commercial will rely heavily on an engagement process which will include meetings, walking tours, interviews, and design studio open houses with public participants, key stakeholders, Mayor & Council, and City staff.

Engagement events will be used to develop and evolve ideas into design options and will be integrated with the technical aspects of the design process to produce the final master plan design elements.

design.commercial@nanaimo.ca

Phone 250-756-5321

We are excited to announce that our partners from Toole Design will be hosting Design Studio Virtual Open Houses and a Virtual Public Presentation via Zoom on February 1, 2, & 3, 2022 as part of Design Week. Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas as we evolve the feedback gathered during Discovery Week into draft design options!

Links will be posed to this webpage in advance of the events.

Opportunities to participate:

Virtual Open House:
Tuesday, February 1st
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Virtual Open House:
Wednesday, February 2nd
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Virtual Presentation*:
Thursday, February 3rd
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

*Virtual Presentation will be recorded and posted to this webpage subsequent to Design Week.

Downtown is the heart of Nanaimo. It is the traditional meeting place, commercial centre, and transportation hub for our community. Commercial Street was recognized as one of the Great Places in Canada due to its mix of historical buildings and lively commercial activity.

The City has made significant investments in Commercial Street over the past 10 years with the construction of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, securing the new Marriot Hotel, and acquiring key redevelopment sites at Commercial and Terminal Ave.

While Commercial Street has many positive attributes, the public realm has become tired and there is an opportunity to refresh this important area of downtown. This project will develop an action plan to enhance the public realm space on Commercial Street. The action plan will incorporate the needs of local businesses and enhance opportunities for community events. Features such as public art, surface finishes, street trees, and lighting will be reviewed through this process.Design Commercial will rely heavily on an engagement process which will include meetings, walking tours, interviews, and design studio open houses with public participants, key stakeholders, Mayor & Council, and City staff.

Engagement events will be used to develop and evolve ideas into design options and will be integrated with the technical aspects of the design process to produce the final master plan design elements.

design.commercial@nanaimo.ca

Phone 250-756-5321

Discovery Week

Thank you to everyone that was able to participate in Discovery Week from November 22 - 25, 2021. City Staff and our partners from Toole Design conducted various stakeholder interviews and walking tours, public open houses, public presentations, and a workshop with City Council. It was a very busy and rewarding week for the project team! 

If you were unable to attend, there is still time to provide feedback during our Design Week Virtual Open House Events taking place from February 1-3, 2022. You can also participate by completing the Place Assessment Survey to provide your impressions of the area.  

The video below is a recording of the public presentation that concluded Discovery Week:


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