Design Commercial - Downtown ReImagined!

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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 250-755-4476

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 250-755-4476

  • We are in the process of getting feedback from the public, key stakeholders, City Council, and members of City Staff. Information shared in this survey and at the open houses will guide the direction of concepts and design drawings.

    Quick Commercial Street Survey
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