WHEREAS #1 Kingsway building will be a major new city facility providing a community centre, library, childcare and housing;
WHEREAS the Mount Pleasant area is experiencing rapid development which is expected to continue;
WHEREAS the City is working with TransLink and the Federal Government in the Showcase Project to significantly improve Main Street to provide priority to pedestrians and transit users and to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions;
WHEREAS the intersection at Main and Kingsway is not friendly to pedestrians, cyclists or transit users and is a significant barrier for the new building and the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood;
WHEREAS the pedestrian improvement proposed by the project for the intersection is welcome but will not make significant improvements to reducing the barriers created by the intersection;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Park Board requests Council to ask city staff to develop a better solution, including a pedestrian crossing at 7th Avenue, as part of the Showcase Project for the intersection of Main and Kingsway that recognizes the importance of #1 Kingsway as an important community facility and provides a higher level of safety, comfort and access to pedestrians, transit users and cyclists.