Public Private Partnership

Posted by Downtown Barrie BIA

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) is pleased with the outline of the proposed public/private partnership to redevelop Memorial Square as presented as part of the Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan.

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) sees Memorial Square as a community gathering space, a space of reflection and heritage and the heart of the city where events and celebrations take place; a combination of activity that creates vibrancy and an economic impact for the City. The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) is proud to be a contributor to the 20 year Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan and has put together a Brand Leadership Team under the direction of its Board of Management to lead this initiative.

“The proposed partnership with The City of Barrie is really exciting for us. Memorial Square is a significant component to what makes the Downtown a great place” explains Craig Stevens, Managing Director for the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA).

“I see this partnership as an important piece in our city centre revitalization. It will also represent as a benchmark project for future City development partnerships” adds previous Councilor Lynn Strachan who represents the Downtown ward. Memorial Square has a long and significant history for the City of Barrie and area.

“We are really excited about the new and improved presence that the Cenotaph will be getting within the new design. It will be front and centre, aligning with Owen St., and the area for unobstructed reflection will be dramatically increased” highlights Barry Peacock, member of the Brand Leadership Team and Honorary Colonel in the Canadian Forces at Base Borden.

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) retained, with the assistance of a City of Barrie design and engineering team, John Bell & Associates Landscape Architects and partners to continue with the design of Memorial Square using the Council approved concept plan.

“We are looking to capture the essence of a true gathering space; a piazza, much like you see and experience in Europe” states John Bell, principal of John Bell & Associates Landscape Architects.

The result of this work will be ‘final’ drawings from the pre-design concepts. The final drawings will be compiled and City staff will present to Council for next step approvals and endorsement.

The public/private partnership proposes that the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) financially contribute two thirds of the cost of the re-development. This contribution will be a combination of financing and fundraising. As a result, the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) has retained Coulson & Associates, under the direction of its Board of Management and Brand Leadership Team, to reach potential contributors within the private sector.

Details and information on the Memorial Square re-design as part of the Waterfront Master Plan can be found on www.barrie.ca.

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