The city is talking big plans for the revitalization of Ste-Catherine Street, which coincides with Montreal's 375th anniversary in 2017.
Major water main work needs to be done along Ste-Catherine Street by 2017 and officials are coming up with other ideas to revitalize the road while it's under construction, such as the creation of a pedestrian zone, for at least part of the year.
“No one has taken the time to do more than just thinking and actually do the planning for something. But what’s encouraging is the fact that the city is planning on doing something more than just the sewer, which is a great idea, because you cannot just do the sewer, you have to take care of Ste-Catherine on top, so we avoid killing it forever,” Dinu Bumbaru, spokesperson for Heritage Montreal, said.
“Would you actually walk from Jacques-Cartier to Atwater? I mean people don’t realise the length of it. Perhaps we can afford a few pedestrian areas in the summer but to turn it into a 24/7, full year, all the length of it, pedestrian, that’s an easy way that may create another liability downtown.”
The city is currently looking for a firm that will come up with a new look for Ste-Catherine Street, while consulting the public.
Removing parking spots, widening sidewalks and creating a tramway are some of the other ideas being discussed.
Officials are also looking at options for the process of completing the work, promising it will not follow The Main’s bad example.