Walking down Osborne Street, you may notice poles littered with posters. They are taped on and left there for months after whatever show or idea they were promoting came and went.
If the Osborne Village BIZ has their way, that will soon be illegal.
“It’s an ongoing issue we have down here, and we are moving forward on it. It is being pushed through the levels of council to have the current bylaw amended,” explains Osborne BIZ executive director Stephanie Meilleur. “There’s a lot of money and a lot of effort that goes into removing these posters when it doesn’t need to happen.”
There will be plenty of new additions to the area as part of a major street-scaping effort running all the way from Confusion Corner to the bridge over the Assiniboine River. One major undertaking involves lighting up the corner of Osborne and Stradbrook.
“The bell tower will stay, everything else is being ripped out. New greenery is being planted, new trees are being installed, and we will see a big, bright, beautiful lit-up tower in the coming months,” Meilleur says. “LED lights with multi-changing colours.”
There will also be five additional lantern towers installed across the street from the bell tower. Other projects include the addition of 50 bike racks, unique street furniture, and additional lighting monuments at the both ends of the village. But the changes won’t be cheap.
“We are still looking at raising $100,000 more. We have installed a fundraising campaign called ‘Build a Village.’ People have the option of either purchasing a bike rack and their name will be mounted on it, or they can purchase a brick that would be installed at the bell tower for years to come.”
For more information about the Build a Village campaign, you can check out their website.