A makeover is coming to the northeast part of the Exchange District.
The city is planning to ‘renew infrastructure’ and ‘enhance vibrancy’ in the area.
“These projects are pretty exciting,” said Scott Suderman, Engineer with the city’s Public Works Department.
“We have many progressive, innovative and actually environmentally sustainable designs that we’re incorporating into these projects.”
The project will embrace historical components into the design and integrate art in the design of the streets, Suderman said.
“Through these projects we have an opportunity to make them more inviting,” he adds.
“(There will be) more security through pedestrian lighting at night and really support the change of the land use around the area.”
Other aspects of the project include widening the sidewalks to allow for pop-up patios during the summer.
They also plan on planting many trees around the area. One interesting feature includes an innovative and sustainable drainage system. Most of the water will be diverted into underground soil storage cells and will be absorbed by the plants.
The city held an open house Thursday night at the Pantages Playhouse where they showed off some of the designs they had in mind.
Construction is set to get underway on Lily Street and John Hirsch Place later this year. Pacific Avenue will be re-done in next year ahead of the 2017 Canada Games.