Major revitalization projects continue to enhance quality of life as well as raise Northwestern Ontario's profile. Residents, businesses and visitors are all benefiting from these investments and strategic planning will ensure growth and prosperity for the future. The following are just a sample of communities who are working to rebuild their downtown areas.
The City of Thunder Bay has two downtown areas known as the north and south cores. Both areas are experiencing physical transformations due to new investments by Government and private sector investors.
Municipal initiatives involve new road and sidewalk construction, bike lanes, street lighting, signage, public art and general beautification projects. In the City of Thunder Bay, the Core Area Renewal Program, also provides financial incentives for redevelopment and facade improvement projects.
In the north core, a major waterfront development project is underway at Prince Arthur's Landing. This mixed-use project is transforming Thunder Bay's downtown waterfront as well as nearby areas including the Waterfront District and the Bay & Algoma District. In Thunder Bay north, there are a large number of new businesses locating in the area from fine dining restaurants and bars, to retail stores and business services.
In the south core, several new Government-funded building projects are becoming anchors for revitalization. The newly opened District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) office is an impressive 3-storey 54,800 sq feet wood frame constructed facility. Close by, the new $247 million Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse is also an exciting building project for the area and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. Both of these building projects have resulted in new jobs and spin-off business and residential opportunities.
Terrace Bay has recently completed an impressive $3 million Downtown Revitalization Project which included visual enhancements to the retail sector and increasing the community's brand connection to Lake Superior.
This small, lakeside community now has attractive new sidewalks, LED street lighting, canopy façades and signage, among other new physical assets. The landmark component of Terrace Bay's revitalization project was the design and construction of a new 4-storey lighthouse with public viewing areas. Visitors to Terrace Bay can climb up stairs inside the lighthouse to an observation deck, which looks out over the community as well as beautiful Lake Superior. During its first summer of operation, more than 3,000 people visited the lighthouse.
The Municipality of Nipigon has launched an impressive community revitalization plan with a focus on tourism and enhancing its downtown Business District. The Plan includes a family theme park based on the children's book called Paddle to the Sea. The Paddle to the Sea theme is also being extended through Nipigon's downtown streets and shopping areas through visual design.
Other revitalization investments include the construction of a new Nipigon Public Library, new Highway and municipal street signage, and new gateway monuments at the entrance to the community and at the Visitor Centre.
Several investments have helped to rejuvenate downtown Sioux Lookout. The investments have been completed in four phases to improve resident and visitor experiences, as well as replace old facilities. The revitalization project has included the restoration of the community's historic Heritage Railway Station, Centennial Park. and the development of centennial Centre; a place for community programs and youth.