It appears the contractor working on Phase 2 of Belleville’s Downtown Revitalization, wants changes to how it will be done.
Quinte News has learned that on Monday April 18, officials with Build Belleville talked to several businesses in the village, and told them they were no longer looking at a three stage approach to Phase 2.
Earlier this year, the proposal was approved to do the work as follows:
Stage 1, which was Front Street, from Campbell Street to Bridge Street.
Stage 2, was work on Campbell and Victoria Avenue from Front Street to Pinnacle.
Stage 3, was Front Street from Victoria to Campbell Street.
During each stage of work, the roads would be closed to vehicular traffic, but not pedestrian traffic.
Now at the meeting Tuesday April 19, Build Belleville staff will approach members of the Mayor’s Implementation Taskforce about a different strategy. It would see the work done in five stages, with vehicular traffic closed during the work.
A source tells Quinte News that by doing the work in five stages, instead of three, they will finish weeks ahead of schedule.
We have also learned the portion of Front Street between Victoria and Campbell, could be closed months earlier and for weeks longer than original proposals.
One business owner tells us they now have less than a week to get ready for the work, which could begin as early as Monday April 25, 2016. The owner adds they made months of plans for the construction and now they are going to be changed completely.
The proposal will be laid out at the Build Belleville office during the Mayor’s Implementation Taskforce meeting Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.
No changes have yet been approved by either the MIT or Belleville Council.