Lans­downe Street BIA eyed

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - JOELLE KOVACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer joelle.kovach @pe­ter­bor­ough­

A dis­cus­sion on the col­lapse of the prospec­tive sale of Peter­bor­ough Dis­tri­bu­tion Inc. (PDI) to Hy­dro One didn’t make the gen­eral com­mit­tee agenda on Mon­day, but it’s likely to be dis­cussed next week.

Same for a dis­cus­sion about a staff rec­om­men­da­tion to put aside plans for a more-de­tailed study of The Park­way, in favour of a se­ries of smaller, tight­ly­fo­cused trans­porta­tion stud­ies.

These top­ics are ex­pected to be dis­cussed on April 23.

On Mon­day evening at City Hall, coun­cil­lors made the fol­low­ing plans:

Re­port on pos­si­ble Lans­downe Street BIA:

Coun. Don Vas­sil­iadis sug­gested that coun­cil­lors or­der a staff re­port on the vi­a­bil­ity of form­ing a new busi­ness im­prove­ment area for Lans­downe Street busi­nesses.

There’s al­ready a down­town BIA and one for East City.

“I’d like a re­port to see if there’s an ap­petite or a de­sire for a Lans­downe Street BIA,” Vas­sil­iadis said.

Coun­cil­lors agreed and the re­port was or­dered.

King Ge­orge School

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved a plan to place a her­itage des­ig­na­tion on King Ge­orge Pub­lic School in East City.

The item was on the agenda for the meet­ing on March 26, but was de­ferred.

The 105-year-old school is ex­pected to close soon. So is Ar­mour Heights Pub­lic School; the two will merge into a new school that will be built on the King Ge­orge prop­erty.

But it’s un­clear ex­actly when those school clo­sures — or con­struc­tion of the new school — will take place.

It’s been ex­pected all along that King Ge­orge Pub­lic School would be reused — and now it ap­pears that plan is tak­ing a step for­ward.

City staff rec­om­mends a her­itage des­ig­na­tion for the build­ing, stat­ing in the re­port that King Ge­orge School is “an im­por­tant lo­cal land­mark.”

The school board hasn’t yet an­nounced its plans for re­pur­pos­ing the build­ing.

Lans­downe apart­ments

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved a plan for a four-storey build­ing with 43 apart­ments on va­cant land at 1253 Lans­downe St. W., be­hind the Su­per 8 Mo­tel.

The land was al­ready prop­erly zoned: coun­cil­lors were asked to re­move a hold­ing sym­bol on the prop­erty.

Wild­lark side­walks

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved a plan to add side­walks to the west side of Wild­lark Gate (from Glen­for­est Blvd. to Wild­lark Dr.) and to the north side of Bri­arhill Rd. (from Wal­lis Dr. to the east end of the street, con­nect­ing to the walk­way of West­mount Pub­lic School).

Cit­i­zens have re­quested the new side­walks.

New cross­ing guard

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved a plan to hire a new cross­ing guard for the school start and dis­missal times on McClen­nan St. at Barnardo Ave.

A new city staff re­port states that a re­quest for a cross­ing guard came from a con­cerned par­ent in 2017 and city staff has since de­cided a cross­ing guard would in­deed in­crease pedes­trian safety.

The guard would help stu­dents get to both Queen El­iz­a­beth Pub­lic School and St. Anne School.

The new cross­ing guard would start in Septem­ber.

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