Belleville is taking the next step in deciding the future of the broader city hall area, or what is being called the Downtown Commons.
Taking advantage of a provincial tourism fund, to the tune of $32,500, and adding it to $50,000 from the city’s budget, the city now has $82,500 to hire a consultant for a market feasibility and impact study.
It will look at a concept and design of the market square “Commons” which includes the front of city hall, the back portion and areas around it.
Director of Recreation and Culture Mark Fluhrer tells Quinte News it’s down to actually finding what will work for businesses and other stakeholders in the area.
In his report to city council this week, Fluhrer says, “Creating tourism, commercial and residential opportunities for development will have a direct impact on business development and job creation.”
He notes that, “Creating tourism places along the riverfront/waterfront and offering new retail and dining options will transition downtown Belleville into a cultural hub. ”
Preliminary design and concept renderings would also be included in the study.
City council approved the plan this week, and a request for proposals will be issued for the work.