New BIA banners link historic Uxbridge to trails and trends
by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove
If you live anywhere within the BIA boundaries of Uxbridge, you may well be reading this just as a new banner extolling the benefits of the town is being installed on a lamppost near you. The Uxbridge BIA is installing new, colourful banners throughout the downtown and along Toronto Street South.
“That’s part of the reason the Christmas banners are still up,” explains BIA business facilitator Elaine Leigh. “We were just working on these new banners, and now they’re ready to go!”
The new banners consist of four distinct themes – Shop, Explore, Unwind, and Savour. These themes are similar to those used in previous BIA advertising – Shop, Relax, Explore, and Dine. The new banners, created in four vibrant jewel-toned colours, one for each theme, capture many different aspects of each of the themes – a challenge for the designer of the banners, local illustrator Tracy Walker.
“Given that we’re the Trail Capital of Canada, I really wanted to try and incorporate that visual consistency to all the banners,” explains Walker. “We incorporated some of the history of Uxbridge into each banner to connect the past to all the great things going on now.”…continue reading…
Culvert project starts exploration
by Roger Varley
Uxbridge residents have been given the smallest example of what is to come with the construction of a new culvert under Brock Street West: a small patch of sidewalk was dug up on Monday and will remain as a patch of gravel until the construction is completed.
A work crew excavated the small patch in front of the former home of the Uxbridge Youth Centre to give engineers an idea of the foundation of the building and also to locate some utilities. An engineer at the site said the concrete sidewalks will not be replaced,but will be filled with gravel.
When the culvert construction begins in earnest, scheduled for some time in July, pedestrians will face far more than a small patch of gravel hindering them.
However, the township says access to all businesses in the downtown retail sector will be maintained throughout the course of the project, expected to take at least a year. At least one Brock Street sidewalk will remain open at all times. Motorized traffic, on the other hand, will not be able to travel along the street for several months. As for the impact on parking, the township says it is planning to provide alternative parking arrangements. A good part of the main municipal parking lot on the north side of Brock Street will be affected by the construction, as will a number of parking spaces on Brock Street.…continue reading…