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Downtown is Dirty & Loving It! Streetscape Pt. 2

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Dunlop Streetscape Project has been underway for a month now and it’s slated to transform the look of our downtown community. We are really happy to have Barrie owned and operated Arnott Construction Ltd. as the team behind this massive construction project.

The preliminary phase of the project started August 19th with construction on Dunlop Street from Pontyz to Mulcaster. Phase 1A (Dunlop Street from Mulcaster to Owen) began on September 9th. The construction team will come to a hard stop on November 8th just in time for our large Remembrance Day Ceremony, the Downtown Treelighting Celebration and Barrie Chamber Santa Claus Parade on November 16th as well as the Christmas shopping season. Construction will begin again in early 2020 for Phase 1B (Dunlop Street from Owen to Clapperton).

Many of the businesses have embraced the Dunlop Streetscape Project and have put together some really creative ways of staying connected to you - their customers. Some are now offering a delivery service and are using social media to keep their customers in an as-it-happens status. A few restaurants have even created VIP construction seating for their dining guests! Oh, and be sure to watch for construction fence decorating in the near future.

Don’t let the construction fence deter you. There is full access to the businesses throughout the entire project area. All downtown parking lots are still available and there is even 2hrs of free parking in the Collier St Parkade on the 4th floor. If you have questions or need directions, please connect with your favourite local business and they will happily help you out.

So come down and support our incredible local businesses despite the dirt. The final product of the Dunlop Streetscape Project will be a strengthened downtown Barrie that everyone will want to experience including a beautiful new flexible street with rolling curbs, wide sidewalks, new streetlights and so much more!