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With the development of the Montrose Cultural Centre, and more recently the Downtown Infrastructure Assessment, Streetscape Enhancement and Rehabilitation Project, downtown Grande Prairie is undergoing significant changes (See video below).
These changes include plans for a concourse/greenway across the Montrose Site. The concourse plans have already undergone a community consultation process and have been approved by Council, with construction scheduled to begin in summer 2016.
The southern part of the Montrose Site has had some initial planning, with the focus on creating a “living room” for the citizens of Grande Prairie, with entertainment, recreational and commercial amenities. Preliminary design ideas have focused on developing a civic centre, pedestrian meeting places, a mixed-use building with commercial offerings, and a performing arts/conference centre.
ourMontrose is a community consultation process that will give Grande Prairie residents a chance to provide feedback on how the South Montrose Site is developed.
In the second phase of engagement, from February 23 to March 14, 2016, residents had a chance to provide feedback on three initial design concepts and amenities for the site. Input was provided by more than 500 citizens through an online/print survey, social media, workshops and at an information kiosk in the Montrose Cultural Centre.
Each of the design options included priorities like the Performing and Media Arts Centre, a plaza space, recreational options and a mixed use building, as well as 475 underground parking stalls, triple the current parking. Option C was the most popular option, chosen by 46 per cent of survey participants who noted its interesting design, good access, views and connections, the larger plaza space and the potential for all-season use.
The top five choices for amenities in the mixed use building proposed for the site included event space, a restaurant, conference facilities, learning facilities and sports/recreation options.
The survey also included a chance to rank options for the plaza and public space. Of the choices offered, the water feature was the least popular. Participants noted they placed a high value on flexible uses and green space.
You can download a full What We Heard report that summarizes feedback received during phase 2 of engagement. Phase 2 What We Heard (933 KB). The report describes the scope of the engagement and how the input will be used to inform the final South Montrose Master Plan.
More than 1,100 Grande Prairie residents took part in the first phase of the ourMontrose engagement process. Residents cited arts/cultural facilities, parks spaces and recreational facilities as their preferred uses for the site. Preferred amenities and public spaces included a flexible plaza space, outdoor performance space, children’s playground, interactive features/art, a skating rink and water feature.
After reviewing City Council’s previous recommendations for the site, citizens ranked a performing arts centre, a public square and parking as their top priorities.
A full What We Heard report highlighting community input from Phase 1 engagement is available in PDF format (Phase 1 What We Heard Report - 17 MB). This community feedback is now being used to develop initial concepts for the site.
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