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Residents invited to Waterfront Village Open House

June 8, 2006 – The City of Thunder Bay invites residents to attend an open house to discuss the findings of the design “charrette” for the new Marina Park Waterfront Village on June 14 from 4:30 – 7 pm at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel.

“This will be the first opportunity for all citizens of Thunder Bay to be directly involved with the design of their Waterfront,” says Councillor Mark Bentz, Chair of the Waterfront Development Committee. “The ‘charrette’ development session and the public open house are the first steps that we will be taking to get things underway at our Waterfront.  The concepts and design standards that come out this process are key to the success of the project and we hope that the public participates in this and all future public consultations regarding waterfront development.”

In January 2006, City Council endorsed the findings of a Highest and Best Use Study for the redevelopment and expansion of Marina Park. The study proposed a range of uses of the lands including recreational, residential, commercial and retail and established locations for those developments.

Further to endorsing the Study, Council authorized the development of the infrastructure and further studies, reports and designs required to implement the proposed development and to secure the necessary approvals for the development to proceed.

The City of Thunder Bay has retained a consultant team led by Brook McIlroy Planning and Urban Design/Pace Architects to develop urban design guidelines for the Waterfront Village area proposed in the Highest and Best Use Study for the redevelopment of Marina Park. BMI has received ten awards for urban waterfront revitalization projects in the past five years alone and knows how to engage the public in the design process.

"Our job is to listen hard and to listen well to what people want in their waterfront village," said Anne Mcllroy of BMI. "People are looking for a centre – the waterfront is a centre for a community."

The firm will work with Thunder Bay to move the Waterfront Village to the next level – from concept to detailed master plan.  Planning will begin with a day-long design “charrette” where the Waterfront Development Committee along with a diverse group of people in the community will participate in a creative modeling process to generate design ideas and preliminary guidelines for the Waterfront Village. Following the day-long "charrette" session, all members of the public are invited to the open house to see the ideas generated and have their say.

A copy of the open house notice follows. Visit www.thunderbay.ca\waterfront for timely updates on Waterfront Development. For information on BMI/PACE waterfront projects visit www.brookmcilroy.com

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Contact: Councillor Mark Bentz, Chair, Waterfront Development Committee 577-8226